Let Natasha Richardson Serve as an Example
Natasha Richardson, a beautiful, talented actress and a mother of two, died last month after a fall at a ski resort. She was 45 at the time of her death. She was a loving wife to her husband of 14 years, Liam Neeson, and a devoted mother to her two sons, ages 13 and 12.
Her death came as a shock to her fans and those in the acting community. I hope it also serves as an example to us that no matter how invincible we feel, we never know what the future holds. You should prepare for your future, and that includes executing estate planning documents that cover what happens to your assets and your children, among other things, upon your death. In addition, it’s also important to let your wishes be known to your family regarding organ donation, burial vs. cremation, funeral wishes, etc. Although these aren’t fun things to talk about, imagine your family trying to guess what you might have wanted at one of the saddest times of their lives. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about those issues, consider leaving a letter listing your basic wishes. I have a letter I give to clients to help with those matters. I would be happy to email you a copy if you drop me a line.