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Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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Personal Representative

I recently had a difficult legal matter dealing with Trusts and Power of Attorney concerning my elderly parents. Heidi immediately took on the task with calmness and reassurance – and I felt things would work out – and they did. It was her priority to get everything in order and quickly. Heidi is a great person and cares deeply for her clients. I would highly recommend her. Thank you for a job well done.

 

~ Ron O

I hired Heidi to create my trust. She is professional, knowledgeable and also very personable. She took her time explaining everything and I never felt rushed. The staff is very welcoming. Highly recommended.

~ Paul B

How Do I Talk to My Parents About Estate Planning?

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The Estate Planning conversation can be difficult.

Conversations about planning for a senior’s later years seem difficult because often they are delayed until a medical crisis forces the family’s hand. Here are two suggestions on how to make this conversation a productive one for all parties involved. 

Schedule a Time to Hold the Conversation

Let them know ahead of time that you want to discuss something important. The first conversation should take place at your parents’ home, or another place where they feel comfortable. Make an “agenda” on the issues you want to discuss during this meeting to stay on track if things get emotional.

Avoid Making Your Parents Defensive

If your parents are more hesitant, start with the least emotional topics to establish comfort. Always open the conversation with “I” statements, instead of “you” statements. Saying something like, “You can’t manage your finances anymore,” would only get your parents’ hackles up. –instead, say “I want us to be prepared in case there’s an emergency so that I can be helpful.”  If you make sure your conversation is coming from a helpful place, the discussion will be a positive one.

If your parents are willing, consulting with an Estate Planning Attorney is something I always recommend.   If you are located in the Daytona Beach area, call my office for a free consultation.

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