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Creating an estate plan near the end of life

When many people face the reality of their life ending in the near future, they struggle with overwhelming emotions and uncertainty. This is often a very challenging time, however, there are strategies to address these negative feelings in many instances. For example, if you do not have an estate plan set up, creating a will or a trust could provide you with a sense of peace and make life much easier for those you love.

Do not make the mistake of rushing to put together an estate plan. Rather, take time to go over all of your options carefully and ensure that your estate is managed in accordance with your wishes after your death.

The sudden need for an estate plan

There are many reasons why people find themselves in a position where they need to create an estate plan immediately. Sometimes, people wait for a very long time and do not have very much time left to live, necessitating an immediate approach to the estate planning process. In other instances, people face the reality of an unexpectedly short life because of a serious health-related crisis even though they are relatively young, such as a terminal cancer diagnosis during middle age.

The benefits of an estate plan

According to the National Institute on Aging, estate plans inform doctors of one’s wishes at the end of life if they are unable to communicate. In fact, even if you live longer than expected, having an estate plan set up is very important. Moreover, some people benefit in terms of their mental and physical health due to the relief that an effective estate plan can provide. Not only does a solid estate plan help ensure that your assets are divided properly, but it makes things much easier for your family members in the wake of your death and gives you peace of mind and a sense of security, allowing you to focus on other issues (such as connecting with those you love) during the final months, weeks and days of your life.

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