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Most people hope they’ll remain independent as long as possible but may not realize the risks of failing to create an end of life plan. As you age, you may face difficult questions regarding procedures you want to wish to decline, and if you’re unable to speak for yourself, you want this documented in your estate plan just in case that information becomes pertinent.

Many people put off the process of planning for end-of-life care concerns entirely, but this can be a big mistake should something happen to you. By telling your chosen agents and important family members more about your individual wishes and any care considerations you’ve already undertaken, you greatly increase the chances that these wishes will be followed and minimize the possibility of painful emotional arguments among loved ones who all have their own opinion about what to do.

Here are some tips for having this conversation about your end-of-life care planning:

  • Remain firm and compassionate while making direct eye contact with anyone you communicate with.
  • Keep the conversation focused on facts.
  • Encourage your loved ones to understand that you anticipate a lot from them and that it is a matter of respect to follow through on your wishes.
  • Prepare to confirm understanding. Families often need reassurance about the decisions that you’ve made or further clarification about the reasoning behind it. Be patient and confirm with them that this is indeed what you want.

Need help making a valid and personalized end of life plan? Want to talk through the best way to share that plan with your family members? Our Pasadena trust and estate lawyers can guide you.

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