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Writing your Last Will and Testament is a crucial step in planning for your future. But did you know that it’s also possible to create a plan for the way you want your funeral and memorial service to be conducted? It may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn how you can make your funeral wishes part of your estate plan.
Create a Separate Document to State Your Wishes
Although many people choose to include their funeral wishes in their Last Will and Testament, it’s important to note that this document does not legally bind the Executor of the Will—it simply serves as a guide. For this reason, it’s best to create a separate document outlining all of your funeral wishes so that your family members are aware of them when the time comes. This should include descriptions of the type of service you want, any religious elements involved, who should officiate or give readings, types of music that should be played, and any other details you feel are important. You can even specify if there are certain people who shouldn’t attend!
Communicate With Your Family Members
When writing down what you would like for your funeral arrangements, it is important to communicate with any family members who may be involved in making these decisions after you’re gone. Letting them know why these arrangements are important to you will help them understand why they should take steps to ensure they are carried out properly. In addition, if there are certain items or decorations that have special meaning or significance to you—like flowers or photographs—you should let them know so that they can make sure those items are included in the planning process.
Name An Executor
The best way to guarantee that all of your wishes are fulfilled is by naming an executor specifically tasked with ensuring all necessary steps have been taken prior to the day of the service. This person should be someone who knows and understands all aspects of your final estate plan and is willing and able to carry out the tasks required for its execution. Naming an executor provides peace of mind knowing someone trusted will make sure everything is taken care of when the time comes.
Planning ahead for our departure is never easy but having an estate plan helps us ensure our loved ones don’t have too many difficult decisions once we’re gone. Creating specific instructions around our desired funeral arrangements gives us control over how we wish our memorial services to look while also taking some burden off our families during an already trying time. If done correctly and communicated effectively, we can make carrying out those wishes much easier on everyone involved after we’re gone.
To start the process of planning your estate and making your final wishes known, contact our Manassas will and trust lawyers. We will help you create the plans you need to ensure every detail is carried you as you desire. Simply contact our office at 703-492-9955 to get started.