How to plan ahead for the expected and unexpected

Aksarben VillageSenior Living

Do you have a plan for your future? Have you made those plans known to your family members? No matter how old you are, it’s a good idea to start making plans in case something unexpected happens to you.

Don’t worry – you can start small.

It’s ok not to have an exact plan with down payments, addendums and flower arrangements all taken care of. Simply start small. If you have little wishes, ideas or concerns, it’s important to at least tell someone and put it down in writing.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Would you like to be cremated or buried?
  2. Where would you like your remains to end up?
  3. Do you have certain items that you own that you want specific people to keep after you pass away?
  4. Do you have a will and who knows where to find it?
  5. Is there a certain person in your family that you’d like to make most of the decisions concerning your health, in case something does happen?
  6. Do you have a preference on how someone might handle your funeral?

The above five questions will at least get you started. These are the basics. A lot of people do not know or have a plan for these things yet, so don’t feel bad. The best time to start is now.

You can take it a step further and meet with a few important people that can help you line the big things up.

Here are a few things to do to better prepare yourself and your loved ones for your passing.

  1. Meet with a lawyer to talk about beneficiaries and financials.
  2. Consider planning your funeral arrangements in advance. You can even pay for it years before anything happens.
  3. Designate a power of attorney and make it official.
  4. Write down your exact wishes and meet with a professional to make sure you have done it properly and officially.
  5. Designate your medical power of attorney.

Think about your life to its entirety. What activities are you involved in and what social media sites do you belong to? Make sure you have a back up person with passwords, debit card numbers, bank account information and more. Make it someone you trust completely.

If you are struggling with making future plans or getting organized, consider talking with a friend or relative about what they did in order to plan for their future. What types of things did they do to make their wishes known? This is something you can definitely ask a friend to help with.

Things can get complicated when unexpected situations occur. Thinking about what could happen and how you need to be prepared is the best thing you can do. No matter how old you are, now is the time to have a plan in place. Good luck and please let us know how we can help.

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