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Shying away from estate planning creates loved ones more grief

Americans shy away from talking about one of life's inevitable events. Death is a surety in life, but no one likes to discuss it and so many Florida residents put off estate planning for as long as possible, while some never take the time to plan at all. That is a mistake since  family members are then left to sort through what might be a messy estate situation.

More than 70 percent of Americans don't have a will that's up to date. A human's lifespan has increased over the last century and that could be one of the reasons people put off planning their estates. They're too busy living in the moment to consider what happens at the end of their lives. But life is unpredictable and it's always better to have something in place just in case, especially if minor children are a part of the picture.

Many people believe that they don't have enough assets to draft and estate plan -- another mistake. Estate plans aren't just for the wealthy. Everyone has something of value, even personal items they would like to see go to someone. For those with last wishes, an estate plan is the surest way those wishes will be followed.

Some Florida residents may feel that estate planning is too complex for them to even begin. With the help of an experienced estate planning lawyer, it needn't be. A lawyer can explain what should be included in a comprehensive estate plan -- such as a will, power of attorney, health care directives and perhaps trusts -- and how they can benefit loved ones, especially those who are grieving.

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