It is often difficult to contemplate the end of your life. We all know we will pass away one day, but most people do not like to think about that. It is understandable to feel this way, but it is also unwise. The legacy we leave behind is not simply the sum of our assets or the property acquired during life. Another, perhaps deeper, legacy is how we handle our lives, even after death has claimed us.
Most New York citizens do not want their loved ones to suffer. While it is impossible to have much effect on the grief these loved ones feel after a family member dies, it is possible to ease the transition by helping those we leave behind manage our estates. Unfortunately, asset disputes can occur after someone in the family dies. You can prevent this from happening to your family members simply by beginning the estate planning process while you are of sound mind and body.
In addition to the power a last will and testament provides, there are other estate planning tools you can use to shape your legacy. Trusts, medical directives and powers of attorney are just a few documents that can make it easier on your loved ones if you become incapacitated or pass away.
Again, planning for death or incapacitation is no easy task, but once completed, a solid estate plan can bring everyone involved a measure of peace. The Weinstein Randisi law firm of Monroe County, New York, understands how difficult it can be to approach estate planning. We invite you to contact our office for more details or browse our estate planning web pages for additional information.