Estate Planning is Your Responsibility

Estate planning is something that is easy to put off.  Nobody likes to face  their own immortality.  I  recently have seen a lot about Elizabeth Edwards.   She has divorced and is try to get her affairs in order in the time she has left.  Elizabeth Edwards wrote in her book “Resilience,” that she hoped to live long enough to see her three children graduate from school and hopefully have a grandchild. It scares me the most that there’s going to be a day that, you know, is likely to come before I wanted it to come where I have to tell these sweet children goodbye,”  Her situation must be a nightmare.  I know that because of her cancer she has a least been able to get her affairs in order.

As an estate planning attorney, one of the saddest things I see is when an unexpected death can do to a family .  I have seen situations with years of costly legal work must be done,  because the descendant did not take time to get their estate planning done.

Americans need to realize that estate planning is something they need to talk about and be taking care of.  The truth is that there is  a lot at stake – a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of frustration. Many avoid doing their estate planning because they don’t know where to get started.  My book Protecting Your Financial Future was designed to help make it easy to get this work done.