Talking with our parents about their future plans and arrangements is not a fun topic. For those that have already lost a loved one, you may know all too well how stressful and expensive it can be to sort out an unorganized estate. While emotional and grieving for your loved one, you must also deal with long phone calls, endless emails and other annoying processes. The other common scenario is not when a loved one has passed, but has fallen ill, whether it was expected or not. In this short but very important article, we will discuss the 3 questions you must ask your parents before it is too late.
Have your parents started planning for once they are gone? While not a fun conversation, it is important for you to know their plans. Your parents will want to make things easier and not burden you when the time comes.
Instead of jumping right into the hard question of, "have you started planning yet", you can ease them, and you, into the conversation. You could start the discussion with one of these questions:
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After you have shared a few stories and the conversation is flowing, you can lead into the topic at hand.
"Mom/Dad, can you tell me more about your future plans?"
While some may be more organized than others, you need to find out where their important documents, valuables, financial information, etc are located. They may already have a binder, notes or some other system already created for you, while others could have their information distributed in many different places. Some questions to consider:
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Our digital assets, devices and our digital footprint all carry new responsibilities that we need to consider to ensure we are protecting our loved ones and our legacy. Digital estate and digital legacy planning will:
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