The Benefits of Preplanning
Preplanning is an important part of estate planning:
- Do you know exactly what has to happen when someone dies?
- Do you understand what the Executor’s responsibilities are?
- Do you know what kind of services or celebrations you wish for?
- Are you aware of the options you have?
E ach of us is unique, possessing very personal views on almost every aspect of what affects our life. Preplanning provides the opportunity for research, discussion, and informed decisions.
Often we find that this discussion of preplanning leads to the realization of a need for follow through with discussions with one’s lawyer, financial advisor, and family members to perhaps attend to long neglected reorganization of finances, to finally have a Will and Last Testament drafted, or to have a discussion with loved ones about what decisions are being contemplated.
Sometimes individuals make the decision to preplan because as empty nesters they are looking to downsize to an apartment, or have decided to sell their family home and take up full time residence at the cottage by the lake and so a decision is made to organize and restructure other aspects of their life plan.
Other times, individuals and their adult family member research preplanning because health issues have dictated a change of residence to a long term care facility. Many long term care facilities request confirmation that arrangements have been made prior to admittance. Sometimes this preplanning can be accomplished by the individual themselves, with a little assistance from their power of attorney or family member, and sometimes it is beneficial to preplan as a representative for the family member in your care.
Decisions made when we are emotionally distraught and vulnerable are rarely the best decisions we have ever made. Too often we find that people speak of decisions that were made when someone they loved died and how after the fact they live with a burden of guilt, resentment, anger, and remain distressed over situations that cannot be changed. We believe achieving a plan that will eliminate angst and pain is worthwhile.
In even the best of caskets, it never all fits – all that we’d like to bury in them; the hurt and forgiveness, the anger and pain, the praise and thanksgiving, the emptiness and exaltations, the untidy feelings when someone dies.
Preplan or Prepay?
There is absolutely no obligation to prepay when preplanning. Many individuals wish to prepay when preplanning their arrangements stating that is provides them with the knowledge that the financial aspects have been discussed and attended to and therefore will not become the responsibility of others in an already emotionally stressful time. Whichever plan works for you, we can accommodate.
How to Preplan
If you would like to begin the conversation and discover what your options are, please contact :
Wareing Cremation Services at 346 Simcoe Street in Tillsonburg (519-409-5575)
Wareing Cremation Services at 225 Norwich Avenue in Woodstock (519-290-5575).
We are pleased to speak with you and to arrange a meeting.