Hartford estate planning attorneys provide assistance in making plans for what will happen after you pass away. Unfortunately, a death can be devastating for surviving loved ones who are left behind. You can take steps to ensure that your family is cared for and provided for in order to make life easier for your heirs or beneficiaries who have to cope with their grief.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can provide you with the support you need to best care for your family after your death. We’ll help you to make use of the right legal tools and processes so you can protect your loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of your passing.
Helping Your Loved Ones Deal with Grief After Your Death
Some of the different ways to help keep your loved one’s grief and stress after your death to a minimum include:
- Creating a living will: Family members will have their sadness compounded if they feel decisions that they made contributed in any way towards your passing. Making medical decisions in a time of emergency is always difficult, and if your family doesn’t know your preferences, they’re more likely to be worried they might the wrong choice. By making a living will, you can maintain control over most of the medical decision-making process. Since your stated preferences will determine care you receive, your loved ones won’t have to worry they’re to blame.
- Making your wishes known: You can also help your family cope with your death by expressing your preferences on key issues during your lifetime. For example, you could make advance funeral arrangements to spare your family from having to to a funeral home and try to think about what you’d want. You can also avoid family fighting and ensure your loved ones know your support of them lives on if you use trusts and other estate planning tools to specify who will inherit your assets.
- Facilitating the timely transfer of assets. Your family needs to wrap up the affairs of your estate so they can truly move on and move through the steps of the grieving process. Unfortunately, the probate process that assets typically transfer through after a death can be a long, tedious process that Investopedia estimates lasts around a year. If you don’t want your family waiting in limbo to go through the steps of probate to receive an inheritance, consider using other tools such as a living trust or pay on death accounts so the probate process can be avoided. Assets can transfer much more quickly if you work with an experienced attorney to make a comprehensive estate plan so your loved ones can receive the money they were counting on and begin moving forward.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can help you to take all of these steps and can assist you in identifying other ways that you can secure your legacy and best provide for and protect your family even after you’re gone.
Getting Help from Hartford Estate Planning Attorneys
These are just a few of the many ways that you can make effective use of legal tools to help your family members best cope with your death. Dealing with grief and sadness after a loved one passes is never easy and there’s little you can do to shield your family from the emotional ramifications of your death.
Still, by ensuring they don’t feel responsible for decisions about your care, by expressing your wishes, and by facilitating the timely transfer of assets after you are gone, you can make the post-death grieving process as easy as possible for the people you care about. To find out more, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to today.