Estate planners often face a question that is hard to answer. Many people with elderly parents have no idea if their parents have a will and if they should ask about it. According to Legal Zoom, about 30% of people don’t know if their parents have a will. Estate planners recommend that you find the time to sit down with your parents and discuss it. Of course, the next question is, when is the right time to talk about it? Here are some suggestions.
When You Become More Responsible With Caring for Your Parents
Talking to your parents about their will is less about learning what they plan to leave you and more about their overall plans. Most estate planners that help people create a will also create other documents for them simultaneously. Documents like a health care power of attorney are often drawn up, which you need to be aware of.
During a Casual Conversation
There is never really a good time to blurt out questions about a will. It’s much better to bring it up during a conversation by using an example like, “I met with my estate planners, and they helped me to write my will. Is that something you’ve done?” By easing into the conversation, you won’t put your parents on the defense. Sharing a story about your own experience will open the door to asking questions.
Not After a Crisis Has Happened
The worst possible time to ask about a will is during a crisis. It’d be best if you had a conversation before something unexpected happened. Inquiring about a will after a medical emergency can be viewed as crass behavior by your parents and other family members.
Asking your parents about their will and other estate planning can be uncomfortable, but you should talk about it. You can take the stress out of the situation by being a good listener and doing your best to accept their plans. It’s far better to deal with the discomfort of having a conversation than to find out they didn’t plan their estate.
Learn more about estate planning and how to speak to your parents about planning their estate by connecting with professional estate planners. Get in touch with our team at Ketlinski Law Office to start planning your will now.