Have you made your end of life plan yet? If not, you’re not alone. Most Americans say they want to put their final wishes in writing but far too many of us wait until it’s too late. This series is meant to help you prepare an EOL plan in three simple, straightforward steps.
Within a week or even a weekend you can have a basic EOL plan that delivers the peace of mind you want about the one step in life we all must take. Let’s do this together.
We know you don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about end of life, but just like getting life insurance or health insurance, it’s essential that you have an EOL plan. No one wants their family (or doctors or even the courts) to make complicated decisions for them during stressful times.
You may have heard that writing an EOL plan can be complicated or even expensive. However, with our help you can make a plan now at home without spending money.
Let us show you how to take control of your future by putting together a thoughtful plan that covers three essential areas: Health, Finances and Final Arrangements. That’s all you need to put your basic plan in place. You don’t need to hire a lawyer; you simply need to focus on completing three documents that are available online.
To begin, let’s get prepared so you can make some key decisions, then we’ll help you complete the documents and make it official.
Get Prepared | Sometimes the hardest part of making an EOL plan is getting emotionally prepared to do it. Contemplating our mortality takes the resolve to say, “Now is the time to get it done.” You know it’s the right thing to do for you and your family, so why put it off any longer?
As you consider this, you may want to take a minute to learn how EOL planning works. We offer a primer called End of Life Management 101 that will help you to see the big picture. If you want to learn more, review our e-book: How to Manage End of Life Planning, which goes into more detail. Trust us, it’s not as complex as you think. Understanding how an EOL plan works will help reduce some of the fear you may have about the process.
Get the Documents | Once you’ve prepared yourself mentally and emotionally, you will need the tools to get it done. In EOL planning, those tools are three key documents:
Without hiring an attorney, it can be hard to find all the EOL forms you need online. That’s why we’ve done the research for you so you don’t have to look anywhere else but Passare. Click the above links and you’ll see we’ve provided a comprehensive set of legal forms for all 50 states. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we will show you how to fill them out later in the series.
Make Decisions | Once you have downloaded all the paperwork, it’s time for you to make some important decisions in three key areas: Healthcare, Finances and Final Arrangements. Your healthcare choices will be included in your Advance Directive, your financial decisions in your Last Will and your final arrangements in a Funeral Plan.
Complete the Forms | After we’ve shown you how to fill out each form, you will want to make it official by getting your forms notarized (if necessary in your state) and then sharing them with your family and doctor. But let’s take it one step at a time…
Stay tuned for the next installment in the series when we will show you how to fill out an Advance Directive.