You’re sure to have a lot on your mind when planning your wedding. The same holds true when your big day is finally in the past. Even so, you should find time in your busy schedule to discuss estate planning with your new spouse.
It’s not the most exciting conversation, but the discussion will give you the peace of mind you’re seeking. With that in mind, let’s review three top tips for discussing estate planning with your new spouse.
1. Be open and honest about your goals
There’s nothing to hide. You should be completely open and honest about your short and long-term estate plan-related goals. The more you keep inside the greater chance there is of upsetting your spouse at some point in the future.
2. Ask questions
This is a good time to ask any questions that are on your mind. Have you ever created an estate plan? Do you have any specific concerns? What challenges do you anticipate? Don’t worry about asking a silly question. There’s no such thing. The more you ask the more you’ll learn.
3. Be a good listener
It’s okay if you have a lot to say about estate planning, but you don’t want to dominate the conversation. Being a good listener will serve you well in many areas of life, especially when it comes to working through processes as a married couple. There are times to talk and there are times to listen. And when you listen, make sure you’re really taking in everything your spouse says.
With all this in mind, you should have an easier time discussing estate planning with your new spouse. If you require assistance, contact our law firm online or via phone at 817-899-3286. We can work with you and your spouse to create the perfect estate plan.
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