End of Life Planning
Recent research shows that many of us fail to plan properly for death. This causes problems and stress for those we leave behind, at a time when they will already be feeling bereaved and sad.
Imagine that you have just died. Would your close family know if you had made a Will? Would they know where to find it? Would they know what your funeral wishes were?
It can be difficult to discuss end of life planning with those you love. According to a recent study by the Dying Matters Coalition, 83% of people surveyed admitted feeling uncomfortable discussing dying.
Jill Waddington, head of Wills & Probate at Ridley & Hall, says: “Nobody likes thinking about death. But neither do we want to make things difficult for our families. So it’s important, for their sake, to plan ahead.”
Here are five practical steps you can take now to make things easier for your loved ones:
- Make a Will and keep it up to date
- Appoint someone to make decisions about your money and future health care in case the time comes when you can no longer make these decisions yourself – Ridley & Hall can set up the appropriate documents (lasting powers of attorney) for you
- Consider signing up as an organ donor
- Plan your funeral – you can set out your funeral wishes and leave them with your Will or, better still, plan it all in advance with your local funeral director
- Make sure your loved ones know your arrangements
Ridley & Hall have an expert Wills & Probate team who can offer specialist legal advice in all end of life planning matters.