Talking about a Will is tough. Your parents may not want you to bring it up because they simply feel uncomfortable talking about the end of their lives. You may feel nervous about asking because you do not want to sound like you just want to know more about your possible inheritance.
However, many people pass away without Wills, and it can lead to a lot of complicated problems for family members who need to sort everything out. It is a good conversation to have in advance. Below are a few ways to go about it:
- Talk to your siblings. Maybe they know something you do not. At the very least, you can all approach your parents at once in the form of a family meeting with everyone involved. This makes it easier, and no one feels left out.
- Find an easy way to broach the subject. For instance, some people have brought it up after seeing a friend’s parents pass away without a Will. If this happens, you can explain that you saw firsthand how complicated it was and you just do not want that to happen to your own family. This is easier than bringing it up out of the blue.
- Make your own will and estate plan. Get your affairs in order. Then you can mention that you did it and ask your parents if they did. It is a natural way to introduce the topic, you will know what you are talking about, and it may make them feel less awkward knowing you are doing it too.
These three tips can help get that conversation going. Make sure that everyone knows their legal options.
If you have been considering a Will or other estate planning documents such as a power of attorney or a medical directive, contact an Estate Planning attorney at the Quinn Law Firm by calling us at 814-833-2222.