I am fortunate enough to be able to talk to the public about estate planning. In fact, I have upcoming events on February 17 & 18 in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. These are great ways to help break down the walls, the discomfort, when talking about death and dying.
One of my opening questions is: “Who here is going to die?” This, inevitably, gets at least a few smiles and chuckles. But why? It is not a funny sentiment; but it is an uncomfortable one.
Death is going to happen to us all. We may be able to delay it or fight it, but each and every one of us will succumb to death’s grip in the end. Statistics show that 55% of people do not have even the most rudimentary plan, such as a Last Will. That means 100% of us will die, but only 45% are planning for the inevitable.
The conversation has to start. It should not be a “back burner” issue, one to get to “tomorrow.” Talking about death does not make it happen. Talk to your loved ones, you family, your friends. It is ok to talk about getting a plan in place. It is ok to talk about what you would like to have happen when your time comes.
Let’s talk about death. Let’s put your plan in place. Then let’s not use it for years and years (have you ever noticed that it only rains when you forget your umbrella?).
We will help you with that conversation. Make an appointment to meet with one of our estate planning attorneys, and let’s talk.
Contributed by Morris Hall, PLLC Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, James P. Plitz.
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