As Valentine’s Day approaches, have your thoughts turned to expressions of love, commitment, and the future? Of course, chocolates and roses are lovely, but there is a more enduring gift you can offer your loved ones: the peace of mind that comes with well-organized Wisconsin estate planning. We want to explore with you why a Wisconsin estate plan is an act of love and how you can begin this thoughtful process.

Does estate planning bring to your mind the distribution of assets and wealth after someone passes away? Actually, it is much more than that. It is about being sure that your loved ones are cared for, your wishes are honored, and your legacy is protected. It involves:

  • Making decisions about who will make financial and medical decisions for you if you are unable, 
  • Who will care for your minor children, 
  • How you will protect your business,
  • The legacy you wish to leave behind, and
  • How your assets will be handled.

So this Valentine’s Day, and throughout the year, we want you to consider the lasting impact of securing your family’s future.

Now we are well aware that talking about estate planning can be challenging, but it is a crucial conversation to have with your loved ones. Start by expressing your desire to ensure everyone’s well-being and peace of mind. Then discuss your goals and concerns openly and honestly. Keep in mind that this is not just about dividing assets; it is about caring for your family’s future.

It is important to know that estate planning is deeply personal and often complex. In fact, that is one of the reasons why it is important to work with a knowledgeable Wisconsin estate planning attorney who understands your unique situation and can guide you through the process. With your estate planning attorney you can plan for what you want to happen both during your life and at the time of your passing. It does not matter whether you are updating an existing plan or starting from scratch, your actions now will be a testament to your love and care for years to come.

Remember estate planning is more than just a legal task; it is a genuine way to show your love and care for your family. While Wisconsin estate planning might not be the traditional Valentine’s gift, its impact is profound and long-lasting, making it perhaps the most meaningful gift you can give. By taking the steps to create or update your Wisconsin estate plan this Valentine’s Day, you are giving a gift that will truly lasts a lifetime and beyond.  The best time to plan for the future is now, and there is no better time to start than when your heart is full of love and care for those you hold dear.

We know this article raises more questions than it answers.  As an estate planning and elder law firm, we urge our clients to take advantage of these tools and resources, ensuring comprehensive financial health and security. We want to help you protect your aging relatives. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting with attorney Alan Hougum today.