3 Things Parents Need to Tell Their Children About Their Final Wishes

Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult and emotional topic to discuss, but it’s important to have these conversations with your loved ones, especially with your children.

As CEO and Managing Partner at Apple Payne Law, Ron Payne shares three tips that parents can share with their children to ensure that their last wishes are carried out the way they want them.

In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of having a living will or advanced directive, discussing burial preferences, and sharing the location of important estate documents. For more help, contact a Kernersville estate planning attorney at Apple Payne Law.

1. Having a Living Will or Advanced Directive

One of the most important things to share with your children is whether or not you have a living will or advanced directive. These documents will specify what kind of medical treatment you want to receive in the event that you become incapacitated or unable to make decisions for yourself.

It’s important to discuss with your family members what your last treatments will be like and when you want them to stop or not hook you up to devices and everything. Your family should be aware of your wishes so that they can respect them and avoid any confusion or disagreements.

2. Discussing Burial Preferences

Another important thing to discuss with your children is your burial preferences. Do you want to be cremated or buried? What are your thoughts on that?

These are important questions to answer and share with your family so they can fulfill your last wishes. Your family members should be aware of your preferences, and you can answer any questions that they may have in front of each other to avoid confusion.

3. Sharing the Location of Important Estate Documents

Lastly, it’s important to let your children know where your important estate documents are located. They should be aware of where to find them if something happens to you, and they should know how to access them.

These documents may include your will, insurance policies, bank account information, and other important financial documents. Your family members should be aware of where these documents are stored, even if they don’t know the contents of your will.

By sharing this information with your loved ones, they can ensure that your last wishes are carried out the way you want them.

Contact Apple Payne Law Today

Having conversations with your loved ones about your end-of-life wishes is important. By discussing your living will or advanced directive, burial preferences, and the location of important estate documents with your children, you can ensure that your last wishes are carried out the way you want them.

It’s important to have these conversations with your family members to avoid any confusion or disagreements that may arise in the future. If you need help with your estate plans, contact the team at Apple Payne Law today.

Author Bio

Ronald D. Payne II
Ronald D. Payne II is the CEO and Managing Attorney of Apple Payne Law, a North Carolina law firm he founded in 2018. With more than 11 years of experience practicing law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including business law, estate planning, family law, probate, and traffic law.

Ronald received his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being awarded the 2020 Client’s Choice Award by Avvo and multiple Rising Star awards from Super Lawyers.

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