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End-of-life planning and drafting a will

Thinking about the future is not always an easy task for Michigan residents. This is especially true for those considering the sensitive topic of end-of-life planning. While it is not an easy conversation to begin or a pleasant process to go through, drafting a will is often an important step for individuals to take in order to ensure their wishes are followed in the event of death or incapacitation.

An estate plan, which often includes a will and a power of attorney, is an important decision and step to take. This is not only for the wellbeing of the drafter but also for his or her loved one. Not including such documents tends to place additional burdens on family members when they are already dealing with the grief of loss.

Including a living will in your estate plan is not only beneficial, it can also give an individual a piece of mind that certain steps will take place in the even t of their death or incapacitation. It is also important to note that Medicare now covers some of the end-of-life planning counseling sessions with health care professionals. These sessions are often crucial when it comes to drafting a specific and enforceable will.

In addition to seeking the necessary counseling with medical and legal professionals, individuals drafting a living will and a durable power of attorney should talk with their friends and family members. These individuals should understand your wishes and even have a copy of a finalized version.

While planning for the end of your life is never and easy step to take, it is one that is considered essential. You can not be there to inform your loved ones what your wishes are, but these documents can help enforce your wishes at the time of your death or incapacitation.

Source: Johnsoncitypress.com, "A living will can provide peace of mind," Jan. 21, 2017

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