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Love and Legacy

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us are focused on expressing our love and appreciation for our significant others. We gift chocolates, flowers, and sentimental cards to show how much we care. But amidst the romantic gestures and candlelit dinners, it’s worth considering how estate planning ties into the spirit of this holiday. While it may not seem like the most romantic topic, estate planning is an essential expression of love and care for our loved ones.

Estate planning is a way to extend that commitment beyond the bounds of our lifetime.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and commitment, and estate planning is a way to extend that commitment beyond the bounds of our lifetime. By creating a comprehensive estate plan, individuals are taking proactive steps to protect their loved ones, ensuring that they are cared for in the event of incapacity or death. Just as we express our love through thoughtful gestures on Valentine’s Day, estate planning is a tangible way to demonstrate love and consideration for our family and dependents.

One of the most important aspects of estate planning is creating a living trust. (In the ‘80’s, was referred to by some as a “Loving Trust”!) In addition to clearly expressing your wishes for division of assets on passing, a living trust also avoids probate, maintains privacy, avoids family conflict, protects a surviving spouse, and protects our heirs from creditors, ex-spouses, and self-destructive behavior. This document holds profound implications for the well-being of loved ones, as it provides clarity and guidance during a difficult time.
The act of creating a living trust can be seen as an expression of love and care. It reflects a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of one’s family members, as well as a desire to protect their interests. By making provisions for the future, individuals are actively demonstrating their commitment to their loved ones, even beyond their own lifetime.
In addition to a living trust, estate planning also involves considering end-of-life care and medical decision-making through documents such as a power of attorney for healthcare. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this aspect of estate planning demonstrates a commitment to honoring our loved ones’ wishes and ensuring that they are cared for in times of illness or incapacity. It conveys a message of love and support, acknowledging the importance of maintaining dignity and autonomy, even in challenging circumstances.
Estate planning encompasses considerations for minor children, including guardianship designations. By naming guardians in a will, parents can express their love and devotion to their children, ensuring that they will be cared for by individuals whom they trust and respect. This act of careful consideration reflects a deep commitment to the well-being of one’s children, embodying the selfless love that is celebrated on Valentine’s Day.
Beyond the practical implications, estate planning also provides an opportunity for individuals to express their values and aspirations for the future. Through mechanisms such as charitable bequests, letters of wishes, and other estate planning tools, individuals can impart their beliefs and ideals to future generations, leaving a lasting legacy that reflects their deepest convictions. In this way, estate planning becomes a means of transmitting love, wisdom, and compassion to those who follow.
While estate planning may not seem inherently romantic, it is fundamentally rooted in the expression of love and care for our loved ones. Just as we express our love on Valentine’s Day through thoughtful gestures and heartfelt sentiments, estate planning is a powerful demonstration of love that extends far beyond the present moment. It is an enduring expression of commitment, compassion, and consideration for the well-being of those we hold dear.
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let us remember that estate planning is an essential aspect of expressing enduring love. It is a practical manifestation of our desire to protect and provide for our loved ones, ensuring that they are cared for long after we are gone. By engaging in estate planning, individuals can embody the spirit of love and commitment that defines Valentine’s Day, leaving a legacy of care and compassion for generations to come.

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Kent Phelps

Attorney, CEO, and cofounder of Trajan Estate.

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