Drawing up a last will or creating a living trust are the things that most people first consider when they are planning for the end of their lives. There are a lot of decisions that must be made and making sure your loved ones are provided for financially is important.
However, it is also a good idea to ask yourself exactly what they will be faced with when that fateful event takes place.
Certainly, there will have to be final arrangements made. While family members will do what they have to do, it is best to leave behind instructions so that they know how you would like them to proceed. Every individual is different. There are a lot of different decisions that must be made with regard to final arrangements.
Do you want to be cremated or buried? Do you want an expensive and elaborate coffin or urn, or will something simple suffice? Do you have a particular funeral home in mind? Do you already own a burial plot? How about the memorial service – do you want one? What type of service would you prefer?
These are all questions that must be answered, and only you can answer them. Your family members can guess but, when they do that, they can sometimes fail to come to a consensus and acrimony can ensue. And, remember, if you leave no instructions they will spend far more than you may have intended.
Proactive funeral planning can ease the burden on your loved ones, so to assert your wishes in writing simply take a moment to get in touch with an experienced and savvy Kansas City estate planning attorney.
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