Without a plan, we are left reacting as each new event raises new issues. These can create new problems and possibly require urgent action. Often, this creates a crisis and great stress for families.
On the other hand, if there is an estate plan in place, many of the questions that might arise down the line have already been answered. Who do we need to contact? Where are the records that we need? Who has the legal authority to act? Instead of scrambling for solutions or information, families whose loved ones have a plan in place can focus on what matters most – taking care of each other. This often leads to lower stress, less acrimony and clear guidance so that our wishes are carried out and our needs are met. This is the entire point of estate planning.
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About the author
Christopher Ripley is a Valparaiso native and a lifelong Indiana resident. He is the oldest of five children. After graduating from Valparaiso High School, Chris attended Purdue University where he received his B.S. in Mathematics. He then attended law school at Indiana University in Bloomington where he received his Juris Doctorate. Chris has practiced law since 2013 and has served clients across the State of Indiana from Porter County to Evansville in a variety of legal matters. Chris is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois.