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Tips for talking to your parents about estate planning

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2021 | Estate Planning |

If you’re worried that your parents haven’t written a will or haven’t made an estate plan, you may also be concerned about bringing it up. After all, this could make it sound like your only concern is getting your inheritance as soon as possible. You don’t want to create that impression. 

Fortunately, there are ways to start this conversation without giving them the wrong impression or making them uncomfortable. Here are a few potential options

  • Tell them you are doing your own estate planning. Explain that you want to learn from what they did or that it just made you curious about their plan. 
  • Bring up a reason you’ve noticed outside of your family. Perhaps an aunt or uncle passed away without a plan, for instance, and you can use this as an illustration of how much stress it puts on those left behind. 
  • Talk about non-financial topics. For example, part of an estate plan may be creating an advance directive addressing their medical decisions, and you can ask them what those are in case you have to help in the future. 
  • Have a conversation with your other siblings and family members. This way, they know that everyone wants to know or is concerned that they haven’t made a plan, and they don’t think this is only coming from you. 

You’ll find that many people are happy to talk about it once you get the ball rolling. 

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Whether you want to help your parents explore their options or set up an estate plan of your own, take the time to look into all of the options you have.