3 Basic Steps To Begin Estate Planning & Prepare For The Unpredictable In Life

Time To Consider Estate Planning

You may have heard just how worthwhile it is to ‘prepare for the unpredictable’ in life, but it’s not altogether easy to see what that means without going into specifics. Unfortunately, vagueness and platitudes aren’t that helpful in estate planning and the practical system processes of taking care of yourself and your family.

Yet planning for the ‘unpredictable’ doesn’t necessarily mean planning for absolutely anything. Rather, the events in life that you hope doesn’t happen but are important to take care of nonetheless. So, for instance, once you have property and holdings to take care of, asking an estate planning lawyer ‘what is a will?’ and also ‘how do I make the most of this?’ can help you carefully plan for what happens if you pass away, rather than leaving essential inheritance questions unanswered.

But while this might seem like quite a final, if essential consideration, others do exist, too. So with that in mind, let us consider some of the following advice:

Be Realistic & Set Up Step-By-Step Goals

It’s okay to know that you can’t plan everything in life. But what you can plan should be planned if that’s possible. Take step by step goals and make deadlines for them. Be realistic. For instance, it might be that in the event of you falling ill, you need to defer the authority of your household to your eldest child. Writing step-by-step tasks to help their property integrate with this temporary period of authority can be helpful. This way, you can prepare for the most likely happenstances and avoid issues you may otherwise not have expected.

Having Tough Conversations With Your Family

It’s good to have tough conversations with your family from time to time because having a discourse during the good times can help you more easily and calmly respond when an issue occurs. This might involve what kind of arrangements should be made if a diagnosis worsens, or perhaps what your children can do if they need to come home after finding misfortune in the wider world until they get back on their feet. Little questions like this can make a big difference.

Make Your Requirements Clear & Write Plans For Your Future Self

It can be healthy to know just what plans you may have prepared when issues get out of hand in the future. Perhaps one of your parents is starting to suffer from being less cognitively sharp than they used to be, and so curating with them the process of what to do should this issue can help you avoid scrambling for the solution ahead of time. This way, you might be able to help them find a supportive retirement community they have already accepted instead of trying to force them into an uncomfortable scenario like that after the fact. Preparation is king, to the degree you can leverage it to have open and realistic conversations.

That will help us plan for the unpredictable in life. We hope you can find value in that, too.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.
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