Getting your affairs in order involves thinking through all of the essential things in your life and who needs them when you’re gone. Getting affairs in order usually starts with a Will and Estate Plan but typically doesn’t end there.
Insurance policies and legal documents require identifying beneficiaries, but what happens when those left behind don’t even know they exist? It’s important to have a plan to inform family and friends of the information they’ll need, and how to access it when you’re gone.
It is best to think beyond legal, financial, and insurance and consider other essential items like memorabilia, stories, and other things you might want to leave friends and family.
Getting your affairs in order also involves having plans for pets, shutting off utilities, and taking care of the other stuff that needs to get done. This includes your funeral and burial plan. Do you want to be cremated? Do you want a funeral? Who should be invited to your funeral or wake? What music do you want?
Don’t put the burden of this on friends and family who will be grieving your loss.