As the old saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes, and in that light, taxes don’t seem that bad! While we can’t help you eliminate your taxes, we can help you prepare for the other inevitable event in your life.
No one likes to talk about death, let alone plan for it, because it is uncomfortable to think about one’s own mortality. While we plan careers, vacations and retirement, many of us fail to plan one of the most important events in our family’s lives. It is very easy to procrastinate such plans, but prearranging your funeral is the best way to ensure that decisions are well thought out – that nothing is overlooked.
Your prearrangement really should be an important component of your overall estate planning process, along with other documents such as your will, and health care directive. At the time of a loved one’s death there are over 75 decisions that have to be made with emotions running high and with a very limited amount of time to plan.
Preplanning allows ample time to decide on important components of your wishes, and allows time to speak to your family members to ensure that your wishes line up with their needs as well. You must never forget that the funeral /memorial service/ celebration of life, is for the living, your family and friends, and it is an important first step on their grief journey.
It is amazing how many times we hear how relieved people are to have these decisions made, and the peace of mind it brings knowing they have made things just a little easier for their family. Not only can your wishes be clearly put on paper, but affordable options are available to prepay for your service.
Again, the burden this removes from your family, knowing that everything is looked after, results in much less stress and allows your family to focus on what is most important, spending quality time together remembering the life of your loved one. Plans are available that are transferrable anywhere in the world, that are protected from estate taxes and creditors, and that grow tax free within the account. So we can help a little with your taxes after all!
Brockie Donovan has served Brandon and area for 104 years and has been licensed to sell prearranged funeral services for over 50 years. We are the experts in preplanning, with a dedicated preplanning specialist on staff available to meet with you at our office or in the comfort of your home.