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Handling negative emotions during the estate planning process

Whether someone is setting up an estate plan for the first time or they are making necessary revisions to their estate plan as a result of a personal injury settlement or a divorce, this can be a complicated and emotionally draining process. People may deal with a lot of uncertainty and they may have high levels of anxiety, become depressed or even struggle with anger. All of these emotions can be triggered by estate planning for various reasons, but people can avoid some of these challenges by approaching their estate plan from the right angle.

Sometimes, negative emotions can even get in the way of one’s ability to successfully create or modify an estate plan. For example, someone who becomes extremely depressed or stressed out may decide to postpone their estate planning responsibilities, which can make things even harder in the future. There are different ways you may be able to reduce the emotional impact of any estate planning matters you are dealing with, and you should have a clear understanding of all your options and confidence in the decisions that you make.

Sometimes, emotional hurdles and issues involving loved ones are unavoidable when it comes to estate planning. You should never feel pressured or coerced to make certain estate plan decisions because of one of your family members, and you should explore some of the different strategies to reduce these difficulties. For example, you may find that talking about the issues with those you love helps considerably, while communication may not be an effective strategy in other instances.