Look, we’re not going to even pretend that this isn’t difficult to understand and even more difficult to deal with emotionally. This stuff is technical, that’s why an estate lawyer is needed. That comes down to making some phone calls and setting up some meetings (when the time is right again). Some attorneys offer a no-cost initial consultation. It’s a conversation and a feeling-out process for someone you will be working with for a long time.
But by creating these four foundational estate planning documents sooner rather than later, you or your loved one’s wishes are clear and can be properly implemented with no confusion. The goal here is to put as little of an emotional or financial burden on the loved ones you leave behind. These initial conversations can be awkward, uncomfortable, and downright painful. But it is a truly awful experience to have to make life-or-death healthcare decisions for any individual if you’ve never discussed what they want.
And remember, these documents aren’t just for parents and grandparents, they are for all adults.