Estate planning is something many avoid. Talking with loved ones and others about death and dying, inheritance and things like durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives can be uncomfortable and daunting.
“Many people believe that estate planning is for the elderly or the wealthy or is not something they want to discuss because it focuses on decisions that can be difficult,” said Cole Ehmke, personal finance specialist with University of Wyoming Extension. “But no one knows what the future holds, so a plan is something everyone should have – particularly those who will leave dependents behind.”
UW Extension has published an 11-bulletin series titled Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions to help citizens understand the decisions and legal requirements.
Ehmke and a team of UW Extension specialists, along with an estate planning expert, are confident the series will help anyone develop an estate plan and also help those who must carry out the plan of someone else.
“Some of the bulletins are written to help people get started on planning and consider their options,” Ehmke noted. “Some are on topics that aren’t easy to find information on, especially specific information to Wyoming, such as the steps in probating a will.”