Top Estate planning lawyer founder of the Law Offices of Robert H. Brumfield, P.C., in Bakersfield, CA explains why keeping a will's contents from family members could cause them more stress than necessary. For more information please visit https://www.brumfieldlawgroup.com
Bakersfield, CA, United States - January 21, 2022 /MM-REB/ —
Keeping family in the dark over estate planning affairs can fuel division, confusion and anger, a California Elder Law attorney has revealed.
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Estate planning attorney Robert H Brumfield, the founder of the Bakersfield Law Offices of Robert H. Brumfield, P.C., explained why keeping a will's contents from family members could be counterproductive.
People may withhold details because they don't want to upset their children or loved ones, fear their children will brazenly overstep the mark and ask for an 'advanced inheritance', or are unwilling to communicate about their end of life decisions.
Brumfield said that the aims of an estate plan act as a guarantee that a person's wishes are carried out, put someone of trust in place to oversee financial and medical decisions on their behalf, and minimize any legal challenges in court.
He added: "These can only be achieved by having the proper legal documents in place, such as wills, trusts, advanced directives, and financial and healthcare powers of attorney.
"But not informing adult children beforehand of the responsibility they may have to make on financial or medical decisions can create confusion, uncertainty and add unnecessary stress in an already stressful situation. A lack of knowledge will ultimately slow down the process."
While conversations about end-of-life arrangements can be uncomfortable, it is better to grasp the issue than store up problems later. He said: "I advise my clients to be open about their estate plans with their families.”
“They should explain their decisions and the decision-making process. Family members should also be informed of the ins and outs of the plan and understand the plan can also change depending on circumstances."
Name: Robert H Brumfield
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