Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time to celebrate LOVE! Although Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate romantic love, it is also a day to celebrate all forms of love. We celebrate the love we share with our parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, friends, and precious pets. School children routinely exchange Valentines with their classmates just to make them feel special. We let our husbands, wives, girlfriends, and boyfriends know how sweet we think they are with gifts of chocolates, red roses, mushy cards, and suggestive loungewear. Most of us love to love and be loved.
Estate planning doesn’t seem sexy or interesting unless you think about what it’s really all about. Estate planning is really all about love. When we plan for our future, whether it’s our potential incapacity or our inevitable death, we spend time thinking about who and what we love. Who is most important to me? Who will miss me most if I am not here to take care of them? Who will take care of my children or grandchildren? What will happen to my beloved and loyal pet? What will happen to the farm that has been in our family for generations? Who will get grandma’s wedding ring? How do I provide a legacy gift for my church or favorite charity? How will people remember me?
Estate planning is important to us because the people, pets, and charities we love and who depend on us to be here for them are important to us. Most people prefer to avoid discussions about death or disability. At Paglen Law Office, we prefer to talk about love. After all, whether we are preparing a will or a trust, or discussing a potential guardianship, or choosing the person who will make healthcare decisions for us if we are not able to do so, we are basically talking about providing the gift of our wishes to ease the process for those we love.
So, this month, during Valentine’s Day, take a few moments to think about all the people, pets, and charities you love and who enrich your life. Think about the home, the land, the heirlooms, or the special gifts that hold a special place in your heart. When you’re ready to start a plan, give us a call and schedule a consultation.