Importance of End-Of-Life Planning
“Talking about death makes most of us uncomfortable, so we don't plan for it. That's a big mistake, because if you don't have an end-of-life plan, your state's laws decide who gets everything you own.”
Without an end of life plan, a doctor you’ve never even met might decide how you spend your last moments, and your loved ones may live with the burden of not knowing what you would have wished. These are just a few reasons why “End-Of-Life Planning is a ‘Lifetime Gift’ To Your Loved Ones,” as discussed in a recent article from npr.org.
A Lifetime Gift for Your Loved Ones
Initiating the Estate Planning Process
Reviewing or Creating an Estate Plan
So, what should you do?
Start by preparing to have an estate plan created. If you have an estate plan but haven’t reviewed it in the last three or four years, find it and review it. If you can’t find it, then you definitely need a new one. An estate planning attorney can help you create an estate plan, including a will and other documents.
Choosing an Executor for Your Will
Inventory and Asset Distribution
Addressing Sentimental Items
Guardianship for Minor Children
Protecting Your Pets with a Pet Trust
Digital Assets and Accounts
Social Media and Online Property
Ensuring Validity and Compliance
Advance Directives for Health Care
Medical Power of Attorney and Living Wills
Benjamin E. Long, as the founding attorney of Schlagel Long, LLC, specializes in Estate Planning and Probate Law in Olathe, KS. His commitment to telling your story and safeguarding your legacy is deeply rooted in understanding that estate planning transcends mere financial wealth. It’s about preserving your intellectual, spiritual, and human assets, cultivated over a lifetime.
Recognizing the discomfort that surrounds discussions of death, Benjamin emphasizes the importance of end-of-life planning. His approach is informed by the notion that such planning is a lifetime gift for loved ones, relieving them of future burdens and uncertainties. This perspective aligns with his advocacy for comprehensive estate planning, including the creation of wills, trusts, and advance directives.
Benjamin's expertise extends to guiding clients through the executor selection process, ensuring a trustworthy individual manages their financial assets and estate distribution. He understands the emotional weight of decisions regarding guardianship for minor children, the care of pets through pet trusts, and the management of digital assets. His legal acumen ensures that each estate plan is valid, compliant, and reflective of his clients' wishes.
A skilled litigator, Benjamin is adept at navigating probate, property, and business matters, representing individuals and businesses in developing and protecting their legacies. His litigation experience encompasses a broad spectrum, from breach of contract disputes to probate and property law issues.
Educationally, Benjamin is a proud alumnus of Kansas State University, where he earned a B.S. in Biology, and Washburn University School of Law, where he received his J.D. with a Certificate in Advocacy. His commitment to legal excellence is exemplified by his induction into the Order of the Barristers and his recognition as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Active in professional circles, he is a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Johnson County Bar Association. Admitted to the U.S. District Court District of Kansas in 2011, his legal prowess is nationally acknowledged.
Beyond his legal practice, Benjamin contributes to the legal community as an adjunct faculty member at Washburn Law School and as head coach of the Kansas State University Mock Trial Team. His life in Olathe, Kansas, is enriched by the joys of family time with his wife, Dr. Andra Long, and their two daughters.
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