A properly prepared estate
plan, including a will, allows
you to direct where your
property will go after your
A will is a legal document
that details how to
distribute your property
after your death. It also
allows you to name your
who will represent your
estate after your death and
carry out the wishes you
have stated in your will. A
will also allows you to name
a guardian for any children
who are minors at the time
of your death.
An estate plan, including a
will, can save a great deal
of time, expense and stress
for your family and loved
ones during a time of grief.
A will that is out of
date could create more
problems than it solves.
It is a good idea to review
your will with your lawyer
on a regular basis to make
sure it does what you want
it to do.
Source: Alberta Justice and Solicitor
General website (search for “planning
ahead for your will” at justice.alberta.ca).
For more information, visit the For the
Public section of The Law Society of
Alberta at lawsociety.ab.ca.
Are you still unsure about opening up the conversation on these
matters? Seniors, families and caregivers can find help from the
Alberta Caregivers Association.
“We provide information and referrals on a one-to-one basis, have
information sessions and support 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
Focus on maintaining independence for as long as possible. As
a family member, you can try adopting a “how can I help you?”
mindset. Approaching and having difficult conversations with 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
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
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