Some people are surprised to find out that a lot of estate planning attorneys love going to work every day. This fact can strike people as, at best, counterintuitive, and at worst, downright strange. After all, don’t estate planning lawyers routinely deal with issues like incapacitation, sickness, aging, and death? What’s so rewarding about spending all day thinking about some of the most morbid and depressing topics a person can face?
While it might not initially appear so to those looking in from the outside, estate planning offers attorneys features that other areas of the law often do not.
Estate planning attorneys work to prevent problems.
If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably only spoken to an attorney if something has gone wrong in your life. Whether you wanted a divorce, got sued, or had problems with the IRS, lawyers often come into your life when you’re facing a serious legal issue.
Estate planning isn’t always like that. While it’s true that estate planning lawyers help clients facing legal difficulties, much of what they do is help clients prepare for the future. Estate planning is usually about being prepared, and not about confronting a problem that you’re currently facing.
Estate planning attorneys work to avoid conflict.
The creation of an estate plan is something that can not only prevent problems, but one that can prevent devastating family conflicts. When family members fight of inheritances, property, medical decisions, and other estate planning issues, these fights can be extraordinarily damaging to family relationships. Even a seemingly minor conflict can escalate into a dispute that ruins family ties.
Having an estate plan, on the other hand, is one of the best things you can do to make sure that no family conflicts arise as a result of your aging or death. Though there is nothing you can to do be absolutely certain that your family will not fight after you’re gone, you can craft a plan that eliminates as many potential sources of conflict as possible.
Estate planning attorneys know what can go wrong when people don’t have a plan.
On the other side of the planning coin is the realization that most people never get around to creating any kind of estate plan at all. When this happens, any number of problems can arise. Not only can the family of the deceased fight over inheritances, but families confronted by an incapacitated relative don’t always agree on the best course of care for that person. Estate planning lawyers know how bad these kinds of fights can get when this happens.
One of the most satisfying parts of an estate planning attorney’s work is that they are able to provide their clients the peace of mind that they seek through the planning process.