It’s been a little over five years since I had my Last Will & Testament updated, so it was time to get that baby out for review and the necessary adjustments. I called my attorney today to make appointments for me, my hubby, and my dad.
Maybe it’s because I worked in estate administration years ago (yeah, like 20 years ago!). Maybe it’s because I was a widow at the age of 36. Or maybe it’s because of my own health scares. Regardless, I am a HUGE advocate for estate planning.
I know so many of you are reading this and thinking “yep, I should probably do that… on the to-do list… some day…” I have a number of friends that I have been nagging for years and I’m telling you that today is the day to make the call. And while you’re at it, don’t forget about your Living Will and Power of Attorney!
I can’t tell you how important it is to have your wishes documented. Putting all of this in writing ensures that your final wishes are carried out. It ensures that your minor child is raised by who you want. A living will prevents discourse among family members if something tragic happens, and it prevents your family from having to make those difficult choices. I won’t bore you with all the reasons… you know what they are.
And while you are documenting all those things… have the conversation with your loved ones about your final wishes. Cremation or burial? Where? Church service? Viewing? Music? Etc… I always try to think about it in the near term. “If I were to die today… what would I want done?” I know that in 10 years that could be a different decision…and that’s why it’s important to update your documents every few years.
I know it’s an awkward conversation. No one wants to talk about dying. But there’s no escaping it, and you can’t pick the day. So make sure people know… just in case. It makes things so much easier on the family.
Maybe I’m morbid, but I think about these things…on a fairly regular basis. Death has been too close too many times, and I’ve seen the best of families crumble because things weren’t documented (or weren’t properly documented). Get a good lawyer and get it done! (And these means YOU, my friends who I have been nagging for 15 years….) 🙂
On a lighter note… The “Oh She Glows” cooking continues….
“On the Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup” was easy and delicious. Although I used a spinach, kale, and Swiss chard blend instead of just kale.
“Creamy Vegetable Curry“. Ethan was excited about this one as it was cooking. Everyone loved this one, over brown basmati rice. I would only make one change. I had omitted the jalapeño pepper, which was optional, but I think it needed a little something for a kick. I think I would just add some cayenne pepper next time. Otherwise, a perfect dish that will go into our rotation.
This is fast becoming my favorite cookbook!
IMDb: Last Will & Testament (2012)