Wills and estateplansA properly prepared estate plan,including a will, allows you to directwhere your property will go afteryour death.
A will is a legal document that detailshow to distribute your property afteryour death. It also allows you to nameyour personal representative, who willrepresent your estate after your deathand carry out the wishes you havestated in your will. A will also allowsyou to name a guardian for anychildren who are minors at the timeof your death.
An estate plan, including a will, cansave a great deal of time, expense andstress for your family and loved onesduring a time of grief.
A will that is out of date could createmore problems than it solves.
It is a good idea to review your will withyour lawyer on a regular basis to makesure it does what you want it to do.
Source: Alberta Justice and SolicitorGeneral website (search for “planningahead for your will” at justice.alberta.ca).
For more information, visit the Forthe;Public;section;of;The;Law;Societyof Alberta at lawsociety.ab.ca.
Finding helpAre you still unsure about opening up the conversation on these matters? Seniors, familiesand caregivers can find help from the Alberta Caregivers Association.
“We provide information and referrals on a one-to-one basis, have information sessions andsupport programs to help caregivers manage their care role and stay healthy,” Mann says.
“We also connect families to organizations and individuals who can help with planning.”Focus on maintaining independence for as long as possible. As a family member, you can tryadopting a “how can I help you?” mindset. Approaching and having difficult conversationswith tact, patience and persistence can help you find the words to say.
No matter what issue you talk over, scheduling time and
being sensitive are among the many things that can help
“It is important to be sensitive when
having these conversations; there can
be a lot of grief and fear wrapped up
in the topics. I think it’s important
to come from a place of empathy.
You want this discussion to be about
hopes and goals for the future.”
Robertson says keeping quiet can
create hostility. “Family conflict may
result if there is no clear expression of
wishes in an advance care planning
conversation or document.”