Let's face it, estate planning isn't something that is pleasant to think about. It is a rather dismal subject that many people choose to ignore. By ignoring estate planning necessities, you might actually be making things more difficult for your family members who will be left behind when you pass away. Florida residents should consider several factors when determining how to proceed with estate planning.
The first thing that you should consider is what will happen if you are still alive but unable to make decisions for yourself. In this case, you would need a health care power of attorney, which appoints someone to make choices for you. In your advanced directives document, which is a critical part of your estate plan, you can dictate what procedures you would want and which you would decline.
This is also the place where you can make your wishes known about organ donation. If you plan to donate your organs, it is vital that you let people know ahead of time because some life-saving and life-sustaining treatments can make some organs unsuitable for donation. For this reason, letting the medical care team know you wish to donate your organs early on can help them to ensure your treatment plan allows this desire to be fulfilled.
You also have to think about what you want to happen to your body after you die. Do you want a funeral, a cremation or nothing? Do you want a religious service or a simple memorial service? Do want to donate your body to science? Making all of these plans ahead of time can take the pressure off your loved ones to make them when you pass away.
A proper estate plan can keep your family out of probate court, which can help them to save some money and close your estate faster. Knowing how to convey your wishes in accordance with Florida law helps to ensure that your wishes are obeyed.
Source: The New York Times, "Lifting From Others the Burden of Your Own Death" John F. Wasik, May. 14, 2014