Estate Planning and Valentine’s Day – Both Show Your Family Love
Valentine’s Day is the day for lovers! So, I’m sure you are wondering what on earth estate planning and Valentine’s Day have to do with each other. Certainly estate planning is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about February 14th. However, both estate planning and Valentine’s Day are about love. We usually express our affection for someone on this day by buying candy, flowers, a spa visit, or dinner. As lovely as these things are to receive, they are fleeting.
Estate planning is an act of love that will give those you love peace of mind for a lifetime. You make plans about things that your family doesn’t want to have to decide – things related to death and dying. I’m not trying to be morbid, but rather, realistic. There is nothing worse than seeing a family struggle with making decisions, or worse yet, fighting over decisions because you didn’t tell them what your wishes were.
Estate planning is much more than death planning. It is also living planning. A power of attorney puts someone in charge of your legal and financial affairs when you are incapable of making your own decisions and an advance healthcare directive, or living will, is a document that designates who you want to make medical decisions for you when you can’t make your own.
Many people in Delaware do not have a power of attorney or advance healthcare directive because they don’t want to think about death and dying – and that is totally understandable. There are also people that think they can put off stating their wishes for another day. Here’s the deal – life doesn’t work that way. Accidents happen every day and sometimes there is no warning. If you don’t have these documents in place your family will be left to wonder what your wishes are and may not agree. It is a terrible situation and it happens.
When we make the choice and commitment to love someone, we make the choice and commitment to invest in them and protect them. So, on Valentine’s Day when you express your affection for your loved ones, by all means still buy the gifts or go to dinner but don’t forget to invest in their long-term protection by getting your estate in order.
Whether you need a basic will and power of attorney in Delaware or you have more complex needs such as the creation of a trust, please do not hesitate to contact us. To schedule a consultation in our Sussex County, Delaware office, please call 302-855-9300, our Kent and New Castle County, Delaware offices at 302-697-2499 or fill out the contact form on this site.
Happy Valentine’s Day!