Similar to how many people have mechanics regularly check their vehicles to make sure everything is working properly, people should regularly check their own life systems. Like mechanics, attorneys are qualified to help ensure these life systems are in place.
First, be sure to have a guardian lined up for minor children in the event that you die or become incapacitated. Second, ask if you have any liabilities you’re not adequately addressing. Third, be sure your affairs are in order to make life a little easier for friends and family in the event of your death or incapacitation. Finally, check with your attorney to confirm that your affairs are sufficiently in order to make the transfer of assets upon your death both simple and inexpensive.
When it comes to my truck that I drive to work every day, I know that I need a reliable transmission, working engine and a fully functional electrical system. Those main vehicle systems need to be regularly evaluated. Sometimes, I can do that work myself, and sometimes I hire my mechanic to proactively identify and resolve potential problems.
Similarly, there are several main aspects of life that should be evaluated to ensure that each of us have all systems (or aspects) of our legal existence in “working condition.”
Read Lee’s full post about checking to be sure your life systems are in order here: Legal-Ease: How are my life systems?
Source: LimaOhio.com, “Legal-Ease: How are my life systems?,” by Lee Schroeder, November 17, 2018
Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at Lee@LeeSchroeder.com or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.