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Estate planning and planning for one's final arrangements

We've previously discussed in this blog, many important aspects of estate planning that require thought, attention and action. In some cases, however, an individual may fail to account for seemingly basic estate planning matters and details such as funeral arrangements. In some cases, this oversight can ignite a war between family members or other interested parties who may disagree over a loved one's final arrangements.

As with most estate planning matters, foresight and planning can help prevent any disputes that may otherwise arise related to funeral arrangements and final resting places. When possible, it's best that an individual take the time to contemplate their wishes related to final arrangements including a funeral or some other memorial ceremony.

Once these details have been mapped out, it's wise to appoint a trusted individual to act on one's behalf to ensure these final wishes are carried out. Taking the time to make these types of arrangements and plans is often viewed by grieving family members, who would otherwise be forced to deal with making such arrangements while also dealing with their feelings of grief and loss, as a loving act.

In the wake of the loss of a loved one, funeral arrangements are the last thing surviving family members and friends should be arguing over. Sadly, disputes often arise between family members when a loved one dies and the contents of a will become known. To prevent estate disputes from spilling over into a loved one’s final remembrance, it's best to plan ahead.

Source: Times Business, "Estate Planning: Who plans for the funeral?", Christopher W. Yugo, Dec. 3, 2013

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