If you are like many people in Louisiana, it may be difficult to recognize the immediate advantages or purpose of planning an estate well before you ever anticipate needing its benefits. However, being proactive about creating a prudent estate plan can make a considerable difference in how effectively and efficiently your assets and possessions are gifted or invested following your death. Likewise, it can also allow you the chance to dictate how you would prefer those critical decisions be made if you ever reach a point where you are not able to make those decisions on your own. 

Estate planning is complex in that there are many different routes you could go in establishing a plan that is completely customized to your needs, your lifestyle and the number of dependents or heirs you have. One of the first steps of planning your estate will require you to have some healthy conversation with people you love who will most likely be playing a role in executing your plan in the future.

According to Fidelity Investments, beginning this conversation the right way requires you to be sincere in your approach. It is imperative that you select a time to open the discussion when circumstances are relatively relaxed rather than waiting until the last minute when life is challenging and everyone may be experiencing higher levels of emotion. Finally, approach the conversation by disclosing how this discussion and its outcome will benefit your family members and those involved rather than talking solely about yourself and your needs.  

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.