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3 benefits of including end-of-life planning in your estate plan

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | Estate Planning |

Creating an estate plan is a great way to plan for the future. This roadmap provides an organized, legally binding guide for distributing your assets after your death. But an estate plan does more than cover what happens after you pass away. Including end-of-life planning in your North Dakota estate plan brings substantial benefits.

End-of-life planning is all about the decisions and arrangements made for a time when illness or incapacity might prevent you from communicating your wishes. Here are three reasons to consider adding end-of-life planning to your estate plan.

1. Respect for your wishes

A primary benefit of end-of-life planning is the assurance that your wishes will guide the decisions made. You can include directives about medical treatments you would want or not want if you can no longer make decisions for yourself. Making these choices removes the burden from your loved ones of having to make difficult decisions without knowing your preferences.

2. Planning your finances

Financial matters form another critical aspect of end-of-life planning. This can involve appointing a financial power of attorney who will manage your finances if you become incapacitated. Such proactive planning ensures the timely payment of your bills, the appropriate management of your investments and the use of your assets for your care as you would want.

3. Easing your loved ones’ stress

In a national survey done by the Conversation Project, 90% of people said that planning end-of-life care with their loved ones is important, but only 27% have actually done it. Planning ahead provides clear directions and can prevent disagreements or uncertainty about what actions to take. Your family can draw comfort from knowing that they are following your wishes.

End-of-life planning should form a vital part of your overall estate plan. It is never too early to start planning. Your future self, and your family, will appreciate your foresight and consideration.