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If you are planning a vacation, you probably have a lot to prepare for before you leave on your trip. Between structuring your itinerary, securing plane tickets or train reservations, and booking hotels, creating an estate plan is probably not something you thought to add to your to-do list. However, think again and consider that now is the time to take action on this vital piece of your legal life planning.

If something were to happen to you while away on vacation, whether an illness, injury or even death, your family would be stuck with a huge mess to clean up.

The Barber family of South Florida is an unfortunate example. Mom, dad and three kids went on a road trip to Arizona where they were in a terrible accident. Mom and dad died, and their three boys were injured, yet all 3 survived the crash.

It took the authorities a couple of days to locate any relatives, during which time the boys were in the protective custody of strangers. A fate no parent ever wants for their children in a time of tragedy, fear and grief. The family member that was located first was a sister of Mrs. Barber and she promptly took the boys back to her home and did not allow any other family members to see the boys.

It took many hundreds of thousands of dollars and at least 7 lawyers to sort out the family fighting that ensued over both the boys and the assets left behind by the Barber parents. And it all could have been easily avoided with a small amount of planning in advance.

Making the commitment now to create a comprehensive estate plan will ensure your loved ones will not be stuck in court or conflict if the unexpected happens while you are on vacation. At least 8 weeks before you leave, schedule an appointment to come meet with us. During that meeting, we will get you more financially organized than you have ever been before (ensuring none of your assets are lost if you are injured on your vacation), and we will guide you to make informed, empowered and educated choices for yourself and the people you love most. If you are leaving sooner than 8 weeks from now, please let us know when you call our office and we will do what we can to get you started.

Whatever you do, do not just think a standard set of estate planning documents will serve you or your family’s needs. What you and your family need is a plan that properly addresses the care of your children (if you have minors at home), all of your assets and the parts of your life that go beyond just your money. We will explain more during our initial meeting.

At Kira Doyle Law, we don’t just draft documents; we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. You can begin by calling our office in St. Petersburg, Florida, at 727-537-6818 to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our experienced Estate Planning Attorneys today!