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Wills and trusts can help eliminate disputes

When a person passes away, funeral arrangements tend to happen within a week. If a family contends a part of a person's will, a funeral might be delayed. This is an unfortunate situation which can be avoided. Through wills and trusts, people can plan a variety of estate matters, including funeral arrangements. This can help limit the amount of debate over what a family member's last wishes might be.

Although planning for death is not something that many people find easy to discuss, it is an important step in telling your loved ones what you would like done if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It can also reassure family what you would like done with your assets after you pass away. Sometimes people find that they would like to control specifically when assets are distributed. A trust can help establish those rules and trusts often work in combination with a person's will.

A living will can help a family understand what a person might want done regarding medical care near the end of their life. Although following a person's living will wishes might not be easy, it can help ensure that the family understands a person's wishes and is doing what the person would have wanted.

An experienced estate attorney understands the sensitive nature of these planning documents. They also understand the importance in making sure not detail is overlooked when it comes to estate planning.

Source: ABC 15, "Why estate planning is critical for your family," Sept. 11, 2012

-Our estate planning attorneys have experience drafting many planning documents. To learn more, please visit our wills page.

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