With the holiday season approaching quickly, your mind is likely becoming more and more occupied by the pesky thought: “What gifts should I buy for my loved ones?” Indeed, this question is never easy to answer. But, here’s a unique gift idea that you may have never considered before (and may be the most valuable present you’ll ever give): getting your will and other estate documents drafted. Yes, it doesn’t sound as exciting as unwrapping a new 4K TV or a talking robot dog, but your family members will appreciate your foresight deeply, especially when the day comes that they need to use those documents.
Getting your will, directive to physicians, and power of attorney documents drafted isn’t just a gift for your family; it’s also a gift for you! A tremendous peace comes from knowing that, after you pass, your belongings will be distributed exactly as you desire. It also feels calming to know that, should you ever become terminally sick or incapacitated, the people you trust to make medical decisions on your behalf will have the legal authority to do so.
Finally, the biggest reason that getting your estate documents completed can be considered a true “present” is because it will save your surviving family members thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours dealing with complicated probate procedures. When somebody passes without a will, their heirs commonly have to pay an attorney big bucks if they want to receive their inheritance. This is especially true if the heirs are quarreling over who is entitled to what?? an issue that drafting a will would prevent.
So, for this holiday season, think outside the present box. Think about getting your estate planning documents in order. If you’re curious about how to get the process started, call the Hailey-Petty Law Firm at (512) 910-8977 or (210) 570-2458 to schedule a consultation.