Estate planning is somewhat unique in that it is a form of preparation you engaged but that you don’t benefit from directly. You make these plans for the well-being of the ones that you love the most, and this is something to keep in the forefront of your thinking if you are someone who is prone to procrastination. The things that you do today with regard to making plans for the future will simply make things much easier on your loved ones at some point in time.
With this in mind you may want to consider making your final arrangements for yourself while you are still alive. Different people have different preferences regarding how they want their bodies handled after death, and there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. If you do not elucidate your wishes in your estate planning documents your family members will have to take care of this when the time comes. Clearly they will be in a bereaved state after losing a close relative and not especially up to the task of making these arrangements.
To look at it honestly and objectively, some of the choices that must be made are delicate and it is kind of unfair to put some in a position to have to make them. For example, caskets are offered in a wide range of prices. If someone has to make this choice in your behalf they may feel as though they owe it to you to purchase the most expensive casket available. However, you may not care at all about it and if it was up to you you may have chosen an inexpensive one.
The only way to make sure that your wishes are carried out is to include them in your estate plan. If you have not yet done so, now would be a good time to contact an estate planning attorney to take care of this detail.