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 end of life 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.
Haven’t yet started on your end of life plan? Many people put it off or feel like it’s so hard to answer these key questions that they should wait. If you have questions, however, it might be easier to walk through them over a conversation with a lawyer. Elder attorneys can help you think through all aspects of your estate and end of life plan, making it that much easier to document your final decisions.
Set up a time to look through your existing estate plan or to create one with the help of a California estate planning lawyer.