Talking to your parents about what should happen to their possessions after they pass away is never an easy conversation to have. No one wants to anticipate losing a loved one and it can feel maudlin to discuss the thought of them no longer being around.
The unfortunate situation for us all is that we can’t be around forever. If your parents are opposed to the thought of getting their estate in order, or you think they simply need some help getting started, here are some suggestions on how to start the conversation.
Ask them whether they have a will
This is usually the very beginning of the estate planning process for most people, which is why it can be a good place to start.
Talking about the preparation of a will can help to begin a conversation about the work they need to do. It can also help you to understand whether they have done any previous preparation or if you’re going to be starting from scratch.
Remind them that you love them and you’re here to help
Estate planning can be emotionally challenging and difficult. Remaining calm and reminding your parents as to why you’re all going through this process can help to reassure them and keep them on board.
Let them know that there are people who can help. This is a routine step that everyone should take during their lifetime and there’s no need to be afraid of getting started.
It’s never too early to start thinking about estate planning and helping your parents with the process can help to make it feel less overwhelming for all of you.