Issues that surround terminal illness, incapacitation, and death are not easy to talk about. But it is often a lot easier for the immediate family if their loved one had drawn up an advance healthcare directive.
It does not matter how much forethought you put into distributing your assets, or how expensive it was to draft your will or trust if the people bound by these documents do not know what they contain, or potentially that they even exist.
Estate planning is all about five essential documents. Documents drafted 30, 20, or even 10 years ago may need updating. Major life events such as marriage, the birth of children, or starting a new business, all have serious estate planning considerations.
The Alzheimer’s Association currently estimates about 11% of those over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to triple by 2050. Yet, many people have not given any thought to how they would care for themselves or a loved one when faced with this disease.