You’re gonna die. I’m gonna die. We are all going to die. That is why it is important to think about end of life planning while you still can. You’re gonna die. Therefore, it is up to you to plan how you wish to be taken care of.
Preplanning your final arrangements can save your family and friends from having to make decisions at a difficult time. It also gives you time to make the right choices.
The person you name in your will to handle your affairs (for example, your estate trustee) can change your plans at the time of your death, so it is important to discuss your wishes with him or her and your family members or friends.
This week on the podcast, Amanda is here to remind us all that we are going to die. She pre-planned her and her husband’s funerals. Because she knows you’re gonna die, she has much to say on this topic. The main take away is that pre-planning your funeral arrangements saves those left behind from having to do it during their grief. It also ensures you get what you want.
Remember to keep all important documents in a safe place where your legal representative(s) can find them easily and give a copy to the person who will likely make the arrangements. Keep in mind that your representative may not be able to have a safety deposit box opened until after the funeral.
At death, your legal representative should take your pre-arrangement documents to your chosen provider and any receipts or other evidence of payment.
The service provider will review the contract with your legal representative and let him or her know if there are any extra costs to be paid at that time.
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