It’s important to show the people we love how much they mean to us. For Valentine’s Day this year, flowers and chocolates show that you care, but gifting Peace Of Mind will last long after the chocolates are eaten and the flowers have died. No one likes to talk about their future illness or death, but the best gift you can give your loved ones this Valentine’s Day is to protect their futures. Telling your loved ones what’s important if you become seriously ill or are at the end of your life will protect them from unnecessary stress and provide them with confidence in their decisions.
How To Protect Your Loved Ones This Valentine’s Day
This year for Valentine’s Day give your family and loved ones a meaningful gift that will protect their futures and answer their future questions when you are unable to speak for yourself. Here is how you can give your loved ones Peace Of Mind this Valentine’s Day.
1. Create An Advanced Care Plan
Advanced Healthcare Directive
An Advanced Healthcare Directive is a legal document that expresses an adult’s healthcare wishes when they are no longer able to make healthcare decisions for themself. Advance Healthcare Directives help to ensure that you receive the medical care you want and that decisions are made by those you trust.
A Living Will expresses your thoughts and wishes regarding your medical care if you are not able to express them for yourself. Your feelings about life-prolonging or life curtailing measures can be expressed in this type of document. A Living Will has directions and benefits for when you’re still alive, whereas a Will only becomes effective after your death. In addition to getting the type of medical care you want, an important advantage of having a Living Will is that it takes the pressure off your loved ones who are charged with making end-of-life decisions on your behalf. Instead of making decisions, they are following your wishes.
2. Discuss Your Estate Plan
Much family stress occurs after their loved one dies, and many decisions have to be made about the deceased’s preferences and assets. An Estate Plan defines your legacy and communicates your final wishes to your loved ones. Part of the process should be to communicate your Estate Plan to your family while creating it or after it is made to let your loved ones know your wishes while you’re still healthy. You can share with them all the details of your Estate Plan or simply that you have created one, who your attorney is and where it is stored – that decision is up to you.
A family meeting is an ideal way to explain your wishes to your loved ones and minimize their stress after you are gone so they can follow your wishes. You can request that your Estate Planning Attorney help you to communicate your wishes and plans to your family.
Conversations about end-of-life care or beneficiaries and assets can be sad, difficult and uncomfortable, but they are important and necessary conversations to have. Your Estate Planning Attorney can help guide you in giving this meaningful gift to your family.
Trusted and Compassionate Estate Planning
Protect your legacy and provide your family with Peace Of Mind by executing an Estate Plan. With over 20 years of estate planning experience, South Florida Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A. knows firsthand what can happen if you are unprepared for life’s greatest challenges. A knowledgeable Estate Planning Lawyer can help ensure that you make well-informed decisions about your healthcare and end-of-life, and communicate your decisions to your family.
Call us toll-free at 855-FLA-ESTATE or at 561-955-8515 or schedule a complimentary consultation.