If you don't currently have a will and you think it's time to sit down with an attorney so there are no problems when you pass on, there are some important things you'll want to get ironed out right away. If you no longer have any children living with you and you spend most of your time with your beloved pet, it's important to make sure that everyone is taken care of in the will. Here are some topics you want to go over with the lawyer, and issues that you need to find solutions to right away.
If you don't have it outlined in your will where you want your pet to go, they could end up in a shelter or with someone that you don't think will care for them properly. Write in the document where you want your pet to be taken care of, and consider giving that person a specific amount of money to care for the animal over time.
A lot of people don't know what their parents or loved ones want for their final arrangements. Be very specific about the following in your will:
- What type of service you want
- Burial or cremation
- Open or closed casket
- Location of funeral and burial
- Budget and financial arrangements
When picking out life insurance or preplanning funeral arrangements, you'll need to know what type of funeral services you're having, so you know how much money needs to be set aside.
Power of Attorney
Since you spend most of your time with your pet, it may be hard to figure out who you want to be your power of attorney. This is the person that makes decisions for you in a medical or legal situation because you aren't capable of doing it. You should pick someone close to you that you can trust to make an educated decision, and a person that will decide what's best for you. With it documented, you could end up having your next of kin or someone that you don't trust making your most crucial medical decisions in life.
If you are currently living without a will and you worry about your funeral, your pet, or what would happen if you got hurt, it's time to sit down with a lawyer, such as those found at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, and get your will drawn up. This is something that should be on the top of your to do list.