Estate planning is one of those things that Georgia residents know is important but that they often put off because it’s difficult. However, it’s crucial for ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. How then, do you broach the topic?
Estate planning can be a sensitive topic, so it’s important to be as prepared as possible before starting the conversation. Make sure you have all the facts and figures in order and that you’re clear on your own estate planning goals. This may make the conversation much smoother and help to avoid any misunderstandings.
Choose the right time and place
The conversation about estate planning doesn’t have to happen all at once. In fact, it may be better to spread it out over a few different conversations. Choose a time when everyone is relaxed and when you aren’t rushed. It’s also important to have the conversation in person if possible as this can help everyone feel more comfortable.
Be respectful and understanding
Remember that estate planning can be a sensitive topic for some people. Approach the conversation with respect and understanding; no one in your family wants to think about you being gone, so understand that any objections to the conversation likely stem from this.
Be ready to answer questions
Your family members may have a lot of questions about your estate plan, so it’s important to prepare yourself to answer them. They may want to know why you’ve made certain decisions or how they will be affected by your estate plan. Be patient, and try to answer their questions as best you can.
Conflicts can often arise when families don’t discuss estate planning openly, so it’s important to have these conversations early and often as things change.