The proliferation of instant replay has brought sporting events into the digital era. It’s supposed to make officiating more accurate, but it also makes games longer and takes some of the thrill out of the crowd. The sound techs try to pump everyone up by playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty, but the song is a little too on the nose — the waiting really is the hardest part.
The last time I was in the stands waiting in agony for the refs to decide if my team had actually scored, I had a bit of deja vu. I remembered working with an estate planning client earlier that week who told me the worst part of the estate planning process was putting it off and worrying about it. “I never should have waited,” she said. I replied, “The waiting is the hardest part.”
You Take It on Faith, You Take It to the Heart
If the waiting is the hardest part, why wait? The answer is as easy as it is unsettling — thinking about death is difficult.
While it is true that estate planning requires you to ponder your own demise, our years of experience have proven to us that it does not hasten it. Making an estate plan will not cause you to keel over in the parking lot.
What it will do is ease your mind. You will get to cross a big, scary item off your to-do list, and you will also know that you are giving your family a gift. Not an actual physical gift — although we can help you with that too — but the gift of certainty and time to grieve.
When it is your time to go, your family members will know what your end of life care plans are, and who is empowered to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. There will be no rush to the courthouse, no room for serious disagreement, no “what if’s?” Your family will be able to spend their last moments with you and each other in peace.
After you are gone, your family will have the time and mental space to grieve. A proper estate plan will guide them through the process of settling your affairs and carrying out your last requests.
Every Day You Get One More Yard
Once you step into our office, we make the estate planning process as quick and painless as possible. We talk with you about your goals, then explain what your options are, and advise you what we would do if we were in your shoes.
We won’t pressure you to make decisions you aren’t ready to make or take risks you don’t want to take. We will make a straightforward plan that meets your needs by preserving your wealth and protecting your loved ones.
Preserving Your Wealth, Protecting Your Loved Ones
If you are tired of waiting and ready to check “make an estate plan” off your to-do list, the Palmer & Slay team is ready to help. Please contact us to schedule an initial consultation at our office in Brandon.