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Don't let procrastination in estate planning lead to family disputes

The estate, probate and will contest attorneys of Landrum & Shouse LLP handle a wide variety of estate-related matters, including the preparation of wills and trusts, disputes over inheritances, and creditors' claims against estates. We know that, with the right planning, estate assets can be preserved and protected; loved ones can be provided for; and confusion and litigation can be prevented.

Still, many Kentuckians put off estate planning until it's too late. While not wanting to talk about the end of one's life is certainly understandable, in far too many cases, not doing the proper estate planning results in family rifts and wasted assets.

Many people just don't know how important estate planning is, and this can lead to family disputes in a number of areas, perhaps especially if the estate owner becomes incapacitated and can no longer make financial and health care decisions. By creating a financial power of attorney and a living will (sometimes called a health care directive), you can prevent confusion and conflict over how your finances should be handled and what kinds of medical treatment you should receive.

For example, with a living will, you can designate a health care surrogate and specify whether you want life-prolonging treatment. In too many cases, this decision falls to family members who disagree, and the resulting conflict changes their lives permanently. Such an outcome is preventable, however.

Really, you can think of estate planning as not only anticipating the future, but also shaping the future. You can choose how you want your property distributed, what kind of health care you'll receive, and the legacy you want to leave to your family.

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