The process of grieving is a powerful situation, a state that cannot be merely made to seem fine in words even as that loved one passes away without hesitation or warning, and there is no shame at first feeling a reluctance when managing funeral arrangements. There are many options to consider after the choices have been made about the coffins and liners, whether cremation or burial is the right option, and handling the expenses for the others family travel as well as the funeral home services can be stressful. Trust property saves the things that need to be carefully considered in a range safely untouchable by most probate law.
Planning for what to leave to the household after passing the estate into another’s hands are difficult things to decide to face, but experience asks the questions for a person as time goes on, finding themselves in situations where there are not always clear cut answers. Easy funeral arrangements are impossible, but under the right circumstances, there are ways of making the transition smoother for everyone affected by the loss. Grievance should never blind one to opportunities available, and in the vulnerable state of sorrow, there is so much that can be skipped over and pushed aside.
Some vital things that factor into the bottom line of the funeral arrangements are more than just careful concern with one’s own grieving process at first, but also in beginning to acknowledge the feelings of those closest to both the decedent and the relatives themselves. If no discussion occurs about what happens to the estate after death while the time remains, there are many fees and applicable probate laws that a lawyer would be more advised to work with, and especially if ensnared with the sudden appearance of either wills or trusts without a first hand knowledge.
Asset protection planning is one way to keep the unknown nefarious motivations of anyone without the best interests of the decedent being compromised, and there is nothing wrong in speaking to the family about any wills or trusts that the decedent might have been left, some idea of where the assets of one’s affairs will go after death can be the most important detail overlooked. Trusts can keep the fingers of probate law out of the picture as the assets transfer over with security, an invaluable expense that can pay off in the long run, and the future is always changing even though it may be unthinkable now.
Duffy Law Office is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.