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Should I have a health care directive?

If you end up in the hospital with a medical condition that makes it impossible for you to communicate your wishes, what would happen? According to the Minnesota Department of Health, doctors will usually consult with your loved ones as to what to do regarding your situation. Your loved ones may or may not follow your wishes. To prevent something from happening that you do not want, your best option is to create a health care directive.

Estate planning can help you prepare for your loved one's death

While death is never an easy circumstance to work through, when you are anticipating the death of a loved one, you may have a chance to prepare yourself mentally. Often, this means making the most of your time with your family member and reliving the positive memories you have made with him or her. At Dunlap & Seeger, we have helped many families in Minnesota to understand the value of planning an estate. 

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The main reason why estate planning experts in Rochester encourage people to see to this process while they are still able is to avoid the confusion that can ensue when they are gone. Without documentation spelling out one's wishes (or resolving any pending business affairs they may have had), those left behind may only speculate as to one's true intentions. Such speculation can often result in discord as different parties claim to know what a decedent truly wanted. 

Using estate planning to protect financial assets

For many people in Minnesota who have worked hard to earn and accumulate financial assets, one of their top priorities is keeping everything safe. While there are many ways that a person could consider doing this, some methods are significantly more secure and beneficial than others. Assessing a person's needs is important before he or she makes the decision about which method will provide the most benefit. 

Understanding the value of having a health proxy

When it comes to estate planning, many people in Minnesota struggle to recognize how valuable certain components are until it is too late and they are incapacitated to make decisions that they have very strong opinions about. To avoid the disappointment and heartache of having to deal with the emotional distress that results from not being able to make one's own decisions, it is highly recommended that individuals are proactive about coordinating an estate plan that is customized to meet their needs and desires when the time comes that they are unable to make important choices on their own. 

Are there healthy ways to grieve your loved one's death?

A close family member has recently passed away in Minnesota and you are left gathering the pieces and trying to make sense of everything that has happened. While your loved one took initiative to create and finalize a well-rounded estate plan while he or she was still living, nothing could quite prepare you for the sting of death. Fortunately, there are healthy and productive ways that you can grieve without focusing too readily on the intense emotions you may be feeling. 

Learning the benefits of planning guardianship for your loved one

You are beginning to recognize that your elderly loved one is showing signs of confusion when faced with making important decisions regarding his or her future. You are worried that the lack of focus and understanding may cause him or her to make a choice that could compromise the security and comfort of the future. As such, you are interested in arranging legal guardianship to make it so you have the power to assist in making critical decisions in a timely and responsible manner. At Dunlap & Seeger, we have helped many families in Minnesota to coordinate guardianship of their elderly loved ones.

What are the requirements for a legal will?

When you die, the last thing you want is to leave behind a messy estate for your loved ones. You have probably witnessed or at least heard about someone dying without a will in Minnesota and the headaches it causes for those left behind. To be properly prepared, you at least need to have a legally valid will. According to the Attorney General, there are specific requirements that must be met to make this estate document legally valid and enforceable under state law.

Suggestions that can facilitate the process of creating a will

Many people put off writing a will because they do not see the value in doing it when they are young, raising a family or focused on a career. However, a person's decision to prioritize writing and finalizing a will is actually one of the most responsible and rewarding decisions that can be made. When people in Minnesota are prepared with a legally sound will, they can be confident that their wishes will be honored following their death. 

Using proactive conversation for productive estate planning

For many people in Minnesota, the thought of planning their estate is met with feelings of anxiety and stress. They have heard about writing a will, drafting a long-term care plan, determining beneficiaries and guardians, and coordinating power of attorney assignments. With each new thing they hear, the feelings of being overwhelmed grow and soon, the process is so intimidating, they decide it is unnecessary until a future date. However, taking the initiative to plan and implement a detailed estate plan now, is an incredible benefit for families who desire to reduce the stress, confusion and contention of their loved ones following their death. 

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