It is hurricane season. As we have seen recently in North Carolina, and last year, right here close to home, hurricanes come whether we are ready or not. Whether we are prepared, or not. But, a little preparation can go a long way. And, if we prepare, there is no guarantee we will be affected. But, if we have prepared and do not experience the damage or power and water outages a hurricane can sometimes bring, what harm have we caused? Not preparing for hurricanes can bring far more hardship than preparing for one that didn’t bring damage.
Same goes for estate planning. Except, unlike a hurricane, death is inevitable. Like a hurricane, everyone has different goals and needs and a little preparation can go a long way to prevent bigger problems. Just because we plan, doesn’t mean death is immediately upon us.
But, it is also important to know that estate planning can be about living. And, doing so on your own terms. You can name pre-need guardians for your minor children should something happen to you. You can name a guardian for yourself, should you become unable to make your own decisions – and prevent a court’s involvement. You can decide who would handle your healthcare decisions in an emergency situation or who will handle your finances.
But, if we do not have any plans in place to help satisfy our needs, goals or wishes, and something tragic does happen, planning that could have cost a minimal amount could create the need for a court to determine what is best for us. And that can be expensive, but also intrusive.
Take charge now and give yourself and your family peace of mind. Call us today. Let’s have a free consultation to discuss your needs and your goals. Let us help you plan for peace of mind.