Working in a law firm for many years in the estate planning and probate departments, I found that few people actually plan very little, if at all, for the future when it comes to their death. Having your estate planning in place is very important and you should choose an attorney that specializes in that field. Making things easier for your family and especially for making sure that your wishes are honored does need to be memorialized legally. Also, think about the little things and make a list. This list isn't a part of your estate planning documents, but you could keep them together for simplicity down the line.
Remind them occasonally where this info is located! (I speak from experience).
My mother asked everyone what they wanted, then put a sticker with the name on the back of each object. That solved a lot of problems.
And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ! Label your family pictures. We kids don't remember forever either, and when taking care of Mom and Dad's estate, we have another guilt trip when we know that we "ought" to remember who these people are --- and don't. Then comes the time when we "ought" to remember the family stories..... if you don't want to write them out, an even better solution is tape-recording them. To have Mom or Dad's voice tell a story to the generations is priceless.
Very good thrifty tip, worth many smaller ones. Thanks!
Great advice that most people won't heed, unfortunately. As we handle contents and personal property appraisals for estate dissolution in Florida, we encounter many confused clients. Prior planning makes for less headaches for the kids, folks.
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