Imagine hiring a funeral coordinator or director who would work for you at your funeral and will know your preferences, someone who would put your interests and needs first? Life Planning is important, instead of fearing what’s coming; planning it is the more sensible approach. A good end life plan can light the way in what is an otherwise a dark stage of your life.
The Five Wishes that combines the living-will and last wishes into one document that ispacked with questions and suggests that will help your family and doctor know:
- Who do you want to make health care choices for you when you can’t?
- The kind of medical treatment you will want.
- How will you want people to treat you?
- What do you want your loved ones to know?
Your living will is a legal document used in the medical field to provide doctors and your family to work according to your decisions about lifesaving and life-prolonging treatments, i.e. life support like a ventilator or a heat shock, in the event you become incapacitated.
The living trust is an exceptional tool to protect your family from probate after you. In America after the death, the assets of the estate listed in the will can be tied up in probate court for a year or longer before transferred to your family members. A protective living trust is a legal document that can be created by a family law attorney so that your assets go into a trust and then transfer directly to your beneficiaries when you pass on.
It is recommended that you tell a trusted family member or a friend where you will be storing these important documents if it is a fireproof safe at home or a safe deposit box at the bank.
The Final Plan
The final plans, or more specifically the funeral plans, are an important part of life planning. Some people like to take care of their own final plan rather than leave it in the hands of their mourning family. This is a bit personal, but if you are going to make your own plans, including the family, it is often a good idea because the funeral is for the survivors.