I just watched the movie “The Last Word” with Shirley MacLaine (a must see) and while some people go to great lengths to make sure their passing is all planned out…most of us live in a state of denial.
The subject today is a tough one because you are either sitting comfortably or uncomfortably, there is no in between. For many years I have taken flights and trips and put myself in harm’s way and all the while I was living dangerously without a Will, Trust, or Power of Attorney. I knew better and I always had good intentions, however, it was the taking action part that I lacked. What is it about planning for our families in case of our death that we are so afraid of? Is it that by talking about it and preparing for it, it just might happen? News Flash people…It is going to happen and it happens to all of us eventually and for most of us, we do not have a clue as to how long we have here on earth!
So you think you have no assets, no worldly possessions, nothing to pass on, well think again. I recently inherited a portrait of my Great Grandmother that I admired and adored for most of my life and as she hangs on my wall and I gaze into her eyes, I gain comfort and a connection to my heritage. It is a precious gift left by my grandmother and in this moment I am thankful and grateful.
We trust that our loved ones will distribute our possessions carefully and equitably, however, truth be known (of which carries shame) it is not all that easy. You are usually up against a clock to clean out their living quarters, there are siblings involved, emotions run high and grieving is in full effect which clouds our decisions and blurs our abilities. It is NOT the best of times and yet it is the only time in which to do our BEST, although our best is not always good enough.
So what is it that moves us to action? Is it fear? Is it the money? Is it health? Please don’t wait for your health to fail and please don’t feel like your money isn’t well spent. Your estate will lose more money to the government for NOT preparing your Will than the cost of your Will…nearly guaranteed! For me, my WHY came along with the recent birth of my grandson.
What a treat to come home to this!
Life is full of many curve balls and surprises and what better way to share your love with your loved ones than by giving them the gift of knowing that they are carrying out your wishes and doing so with great peace of mind.
Stop procrastinating and just do it! If you have been procrastinating this long, chances are you will continue to do so. Contact me to review this A la carte product to set up your Wills, Trusts, Medical Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney.
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Make the commitment to start today on taking the actions necessary to protect yourself and your family. Even if it one very small step in the right direction, it is a step and will motivate you to do more. Rome wasn’t built in a day!