If you have a husband/partner/significant other who keeps putting you off every time you mention the words “estate planning,” you are not alone. Millions of Americans do not have a comprehensive estate plan in place, despite knowing how important it can be. Although women can shy away from estate planning too, it is more common for men to put off a trip to an estate planning attorney according to many experts. Why is this?
There may be a number of reasons why men tend to put off estate planning; however, one common reason is the simple fact that men tend to avoid things that they are not familiar with or that they cannot control. Unless your husband happens to know a good deal about estate planning already, he may simply feel uncomfortable tackling a subject that he knows little about. If this is the case, there are some things you can do that may help.
First, sit him down and explain what could happen if you don’t create an estate plan. Point out that you, your children, and/or a business he owns could all suffer if he fails to plan ahead. This often gets the protective urge going and makes him look at the subject from another angle.
You may also want to sit down with an estate planning attorney yourself and get some specific information that you can pass on to him. Male or female, people often take new information better when it is presented by someone they trust instead of by a total stranger. The important thing is that you get him to reconsider how important it is to create that estate plan he has been putting off for so long.
A lot of information about estate planning is readily available, either in print or on the internet. our web page at www.yourestatematters.com has a wealth of information he can study. Moreover he can log onto the page and we will send him free reports and articles of interest to read before meeting with us.
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