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Adding final arrangements into an estate plan

In some cases, New York residents fail to include their desires when it comes to final arrangements in their estate plans. In some of these cases, they trust their family members and loved ones to do the right thing. However, if a person is concerned that his or her family will not know what to do or the person has what may be considered an unusual request, those wishes need to be outlined in the estate plan.

Traditionally, the final arrangements were listed in the will. However, in many cases the testator is buried or cremated before the will is reviewed or even found. As such, the final arrangements are usually listed in another document. A planning declaration is in some ways similar to a power of attorney, in that a loved one is given the authority to carry out the arrangements.

Having a declaration is particularly important for those who want their final arrangements to include something other than a burial or cremation. For example, the inventor of Pringles asked to have some of his ashes buried in a Pringles can. While estate planners usually work with the person to include the unusual request in the estate plan, there may be some things the planners would be unable to do.

Many people have wishes and desires when it comes to their final arrangements. By including these in their estate plan, they can rest assured that what they want is possible and that a loved one has been named to ensure that those wishes are carried out.

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