Estate Planning During Holiday Season

‘Tis The Season For An Estate Plan

December 06, 2018

The season is upon us. All your Black Friday shopping bruises have healed. Loretta Lynn Christmas music is playing at your home 24/7, making you wonder why sad Christmas songs are so much better than happy ones. Hopefully, your Halloween decorations are down as well. Nothing but good things on the horizon for this holly jolly time of year. But wait, you don’t have an estate plan.

You may be thinking to yourself, do I need an estate plan now? Yes, yes, yes. For the sake of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Cupid, and Vixen, you need an estate plan. Well, you only need an estate plan in place seconds before your death. But unless you go Black Friday shopping again next year, you have no idea when your time will come. The point of an estate plan is to incur a minor inconvenience now, so your family can avoid a major inconvenience later. Consider giving your family and yourself some peace of mind this season and contact an attorney about setting up an estate plan.

You may also be thinking to yourself, “Wow, this blog is really bringing me down and I do not want to deal with the thought of death during this time of joy and family togetherness.” However, when you are surrounded by your friends and family, it is the perfect time to have an estate plan set up. We explain to every client that an estate plan is crucial, but it is equally important that the client explain to his or her loved ones the nature of the estate plan and the various roles they might hold in the plan (personal representative, trustee, etc.). If more people would be willing to have this conversation, there would be a lot fewer lawsuits concerning inheritance.

We understand talking about death is a bit taboo in today’s society, but I promise: a little unpleasantness now will save a lot of unpleasantness later. Besides, talking about your own death probably still beats having to meet your significant other’s parents for the first time. It’s all relative.

This holiday season, contact an attorney about your estate plan. First, everyone should have one. Second, there is no benefit to waiting. Third, it is a relatively simple process. Finally, the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can stop reviewing our blogs about the need for estate planning (watch for: “New Year’s resolution – Get an Estate Plan?”). From everyone at, we wish you and yours nothing but the best this holiday season. Call us to see if we can give you some peace of mind this season.

If you have questions regarding the topic of this article, or for assistance with estate planning, probates, or guardianships, please call the Estate Planning Team at 701-297-2890 or email us below.

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