Estate planning topics can be stressful at the best of times. Talking these things through with your aging parents can be especially difficult, both for you and for them. Did you know, however, that asking your parents questions regarding their plans for the future can end up bringing everyone peace of mind?
Let us take some time to discuss three tough, but important, questions to ask your aging parents.
1. Have you designated a health care surrogate? In the event of incapacitation, a health care surrogate will empower a chosen individual to make health care decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person. Putting a health care surrogate in place allows your parents to select an individual they trust to make important decisions regarding health care treatments should the need arise.
2. When was the last time you updated your estate plan? Life happens and things change from time to time. If your parents have recently moved out of state, or if there has been a death or birth in the family that might impact their estate, estate plans should be updated or, at a minimum, reviewed to see if updates are needed.
3. Do you trust the attorney you are working with? Your parents need to be comfortable with the legal and estate planning professionals they choose to work with. Estate planning is too important to just trust it to anyone.
If you or your aging loved ones have any questions about estate planning, our firm is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.