By: Ashley J. Shannon, Esq.

No one wants to think about being sick or even dying, but a number of issues can come up when a person becomes ill or passes away. Questions such as: Would I want a feeding tube? Does dad want to die at home? What happens to my children if both my spouse and I were to die in a car accident?

In the past it has been taboo to speak of such topics at the dinner table or with friends, but people are starting to organize “death dinners” to lift the taboo of talking about death in hopes of avoiding conflicts over financial decisions and medical care that may arise if a person becomes ill or passes away. According to the article, about 70% of adults do not have a living will, which is a legal document that details the medical interventions a person would want or not want if unable to communicate.  The article also finds that as many as 30% of Americans age 65 or older do not have a Will, which is a legal document detailing what should happen to their assets when they pass away.

Without having these discussions to address wishes and concerns and with no legal documents in place, you could leave family members conflicted over what to do and may even create discourse or animosity among family members.

So instead of thinking of these discussions and documents as taboo, think of them as tools to help you and your family.  To sign a Living Will or Will, or to discuss what type of legal documents are best suited for you and your family call one of our estate planning attorneys at 513-621-2100.