Do Your Parents Have Wills? How to Approach the Subject

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The subject of one’s own death is never a comfortable one. In fact, most people are so hesitant to talk about the subject that they might just avoid it altogether. The facts are that all of us are going to pass at some point, and without wills, the troubles you might leave behind can be passed on to your loved ones who remain. If you have parents, aging or otherwise, who don’t currently have wills, here are a few ways you can approach the subject with them.

Wills are effective when created and made by a lawyer

  • Be loving. Make sure that your parents know that you are looking for them to make a will because you love them, not because you are looking forward to their passing!
  • Show concern. Wills let loved ones know what to do in case of an untimely accident or death. Let your parents see your concern that you won’t know what to do in these cases without them and that you want to make sure you are doing what they would want, not what you hope they would want. Without the proper paperwork in place, you can run into problems like arguments with relatives or even legal hassles.
  • Offer to help them find a lawyer. Wills are effective when created and made by a lawyer or legal representative. Without the assistance of a legal expert looking through the wills, there could be loopholes or wishes left unsaid and therefore unfollowed. Offering to help your parents find a lawyer can remove an important obstacle from their minds in getting wills done.

For more tips on approaching the subject of wills with your parents, contact us here at GPS Law Group.