In part 1, I shared the first part of my article on how to discuss estate planning with aging (or sick) loved ones.
Here’s the bottom line: learn to ask the right questions and then listen deeply. This may be a difficult topic for your loved one to discuss, so make sure you are bringing your curiosity, not answers, and then staying open to truly hear what your loved one wants.
Ask your loved one what role they would like you to take, rather than assuming. Also, reassure your loved one that you have no expectations, but that you will be involved as much or as little as he or she desires.
If you need support on the right questions to ask, check out the Conversation Project. Their Conversation Starter Kit, available for free on their website, has a series of questions that you can use to begin the conversation about end of life care with your loved one.
Be able to answer questions. If your loved one hasn’t thought about estate planning, make sure you can help him or her make important decisions about their estate plan and end of life wishes. You may want to consult with an experienced lawyer who handles estate planning first and suggest your loved one speak to me for a full Family Wealth Planning Session.
Discuss estate planning and end of life wishes with your loved one before it’s too late. If your loved one becomes incapacitated or dies before you have an understanding of his or her wishes, it will be challenging to ensure their medical choices, and the management of their estate will be handled the way they would have wanted. Also, you could end up in Court, unnecessarily. I am here to help your family stay out of Court and out of conflict. It’s my mission.
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