Estate planning is one of those areas that people don’t talk a lot about in polite circles. Bringing up what you think will happen to your property and affairs after you die isn’t exactly a hot party topic to broach. Yet estate planning, and the process involved in developing a plan, is an excellent way to begin thinking about some of the most important questions your family will ever have to deal with. You are important to your family and your loved ones. Here’s why creating an estate plan in Florida is essential for both you and your family
Estate Plan in Florida and the Grieving Process
After you are gone, your friends, family, and loved ones will be left in grief. As they go through the grieving process they will also have to deal with a lot of legal questions that can be rather complicated. Even if they have the advice of a qualified attorney, they will necessarily be less well able to handle these questions because they are still in the grieving process.
Your estate plan explains your choices to your family. The plan allows you to let your family know what you want, what you don’t want, and what your final wishes are. The plan also allows your family to deal with the property and financial concerns left behind after you’re gone.
The Grieving Process
Humans process grief over time. Some grief lasts only briefly, while other experiences can lead to an extended grieving process. You have no way of knowing how your family and loved ones will respond to your death, or how you will respond to the death of someone close to you.
However, what we do know about grieving is that it takes effort. The grieving process occupies our thoughts and our emotions, leaving us little time to perform the other daily tasks required of us.
Going through the grieving process and emerging on the other side often leaves us stronger and more capable of dealing with future emotional hardships. But it’s not a process you can short-circuit. You can’t simply find a trick to help you or a loved one avoid grief.
Because experiencing this process is necessary, knowing the practical realities of what people have to do after the death of a loved one can be essential. If, for example, a close family member dies and you are left to handle the affairs he or she left behind, knowing what comes next can be stressful by itself. By having an estate plan to guide you, or to guide your family, you can work through your grief while following the practical estate planning map already provided.
If you’d like to learn more information about estate plans and how they can help you and your family, consider signing up for an upcoming free seminar. We have estate planning regular seminars throughout the year. Visit the seminars page for more details.
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