Monday, August 26, 2013

Wills -- Uncomfortable Topic, Important to Do

We've all heard the age-old saying that, "Only two things in life are certain -- death and taxes." While many of us have no problem vocalizing our opinions about how much Uncle Sam asks from us every April or maybe even writing to our local councilman to complain about how property taxes are being spent, we generally are much more hesitant to have conversations about the inevitable end of life that every single one of us faces.

If you work for forty or fifty years providing for your family, spending and saving wisely and acquiring assets that you plan will continue to provide financial peace of mind to your loved ones after you are gone, you need to make sure that your wishes are clearly detailed in writing. Having to fight that legal battle is not a burden you want to leave with your spouse or children when they already are struggling to find their bearings with you gone.

Have you considered the awful instance in which you are the victim of an automobile accident that leaves you on a respirator? Or what if you are gravely ill and have a heart attack that would require extensive measures by medical staff to revive you? These are not pleasant scenarios to ponder, but it is responsible to acknowledge the possibility and make some decisions now so that family members overwhelmed with emotion in a hospital room can know that they are agreeing to treatment that is consistent with your wishes.

You don't want to talk about death. We get that. But we also know that you want that moment to be one of dignity and that offers the family you leave behind all that you are able to give them. Preparing a will to be read upon your passing and a living will that can be used to make determinations about your care should you become incapacitated due to illness is not a difficult process, but an important one. You should seek the counsel of a professional to make sure that every word is drafted to meet your wishes.

The law firm of Bertolino LLP has attorneys who specialize in writing wills. They will take the time to learn about your situation, ask you questions that you may not have considered, and create documents specifically to meet your needs.  Please contact our offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to begin this critical gift for your family today.

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