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Some Estate Planning Documents Are Meant to Be Shared During Life

When you think of your estate planning documents, many times you think of them as documents that won’t be shared with your family until after you have died. This is because many people think of estate planning documents as just another word for their will. However, estate planning documents include more than just your will. They also include documents that speak for you while you are alive such as your designation of healthcare surrogate and your living will.

Your designation of healthcare surrogate states who you would like to make medical decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself due to an accident or an illness. Your living will states what kind of care you would or would not like to receive in an end of life situation. These are two estate planning documents that should be shared with your family and anyone else who will be making decisions on your behalf now, while you are alive and well, so that they will know your thoughts, wishes and preferences regarding medical care when the time comes to speak on your behalf.

It is important to share the philosophy behind the documents while you are alive and well because when your representatives have to step in and speak on your behalf, they will be doing so during times of great emotional stress. That stress can be increased if they have to make decisions without being sure of what you would have wanted and can be lessened if they know they are following your wishes. Sometimes, the only comfort your family can find in these difficult and emotional situations is in knowing that they are making the decision you would have made yourself.

So, take a moment and share these particular estate planning documents now, before they are needed. Your family may feel a little uncomfortable talking about it, but will be thanking you later if there ever comes a day when they have to step into your shoes and make these potentially life changing decisions on your behalf.

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