The passing of a loved one is always tragic, and unfortunately, many family members end up fighting over who gets what at the end of the day. This can happen when it is unclear what your wishes are, and family members may believe they are entitled to certain property or assets that may or may not be your intention. As such, many people are not sure whether or not their family members should be involved in the estate planning process.
If you are, among others, planning to set up a trust account for the benefit of someone else, execute a last will and testament documenting your wishes, or seeking to establish a living will or advance directive regarding your medical wishes upon your incapacitation, it is likely that one or more family members may be involved in the process, such as a spouse or children.
Depending on your current physical and mental health, it may be necessary to have a trusted loved one involved in the estate planning process. There may come a time when you are no longer able to make decisions on your own, so it may be essential that someone else is around to ensure your wishes are carried out.
On the other hand, there are situations where family members are not looking out for a loved one’s interests, and may try to manipulate the process so that they benefit at the time of your incapacitation or passing. Therefore, it cannot be stressed enough that speaking with an attorney about your estate planning options is essential to ensure you are protecting your rights and interests and those of your loved ones.
Contact Giro Elder Law Today to Speak with Our New Jersey Elder Law Attorneys Estate planning can be very tricky when it comes to family members. After all, you want to protect your wishes and your family members after your passing. However, there may be situations where it is important that certain family members not be involved in the process. Before making any estate planning decisions, you should contact a New Jersey Elder Law Attorney to discuss your options. Contact Giro Elder Law today by calling (201) 690-1642 for guidance on your estate planning needs.