Episode #188 Draft Your Will

Whether it’s purchasing a life insurance policy or designating a power of attorney, many of the most important financial decisions we can make have significant relational impacts as well. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Teresa Brown remind us that leaving a legacy often requires some financial planning.

Show Notes

We spend a lot of time preparing our kids to be independent, and perhaps we’ve spent less time preparing them for us being gone.
Teresa Brown

Three Problems

  • If we wait to have significant conversations until ‘the end,’ we may miss out on the opportunity to have those very conversations.
  • Failure to designate our assets can create conflict among those we leave behind.
  • The grieving process is often interrupted by urgent and unexpected financial decisions.

Five Principles

  • We can continue to bless our families even after we have breathed our last.
  • Drafting our will and revisiting it annually gives us a regular reminder that life is short.
  • Preparing for the future is not a sign of pessimism but a sign of wisdom.
  • When it comes to financial planning, the earlier the better.
  • Financial planning rarely feels urgent, but it is incredibly important.

Five Practices

  • Lean into uncomfortable conversations about finances until they become comfortable.
  • Schedule a discussion about finances with your parents, siblings, and children.
  • Meet with a financial advisor who can ask questions you never would have considered.
  • Update your will with each marriage, birth, new job, or diagnosis.
  • Organize your important documents into files rather than piles.