There is a significant difference in how Ohio residents over 50 approach estate planning compared to how their children and grandchildren approach the subject. For the most part, older Americans have spent their lives managing their money in an organized and focused manner. Conversely, younger Americans tend to be more worried about paying off debt or meeting other challenges as opposed to thinking about the future. This lack of planning is something that many parents and grandparents find hard to understand.

However, those who are thinking about their legacies may want to purchase an estate plan for their children or grandchildren. This means actually spending money on an estate attorney or to create documents needed for an organized and thorough plan. It is important for individuals who want to give this gift to do so in an appropriate manner. For instance, it may be wise to bring it up when a child is born or when a family member passes.

In some cases, it’s best to have an outside party bring up the subject. This may make it seem more like a process that everyone has a say in as opposed to a child thinking a parent is trying to exert too much control. If a child takes the latter view, it could cause a family feud.

The process of estate planning may be one that multiple generations can have a say in. However, individuals generally have the right to keep the contents of their wills, trusts and related documents secret. This is generally true even if another person paid the attorney who helped create the plan or serves as a trustee or executor. As a general rule, effective communication makes it easier for family members to honor a person’s final wishes.