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Is there a biblical element to estate planning?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2021 | Estate Planning |

Looking at Maryland law may help people understand how estate planning and probate work. Another source to explore may be the bible. Biblical passages could provide insights and ideas about how to approach estate planning. Helpful advice may lead some to examine estate planning steps from a biblical perspective.

Caring for others

Devising a well-crafted estate plan may follow the concept of caring. Parents, grandparents and others may have younger relatives who are somewhat dependent on them. Taking those dependents into consideration when writing a will may help them financially. Working with an attorney to write a fair and equitable will for one’s current and former dependents may reflect the positive nature of giving.

Still others may benefit from giving. For example, noble charities may find a gift from an estate helpful. Charitable donations could support a positive cause, and it is possible to write charitable giving into a will.

In a way, an estate plan may reflect a form of stewardship. Stewardship, to a degree, represents someone taking on responsibilities. Leaving things to intestate laws could make the probate process challenging for beneficiaries, some of whom may not factor into state intestate laws.

Yes, estate planning involves giving, and there’s more. Sometimes, the orderly and thoughtful nature of a solid estate plan may help make dealing with the aftermath of a loved one’s death easier to handle.

Other aspects of estate planning

Estate planning could involve several other steps besides writing a will. Drawing up a power of attorney document is one. Addressing health care matters is another. Accidents may occur that leave someone unable to communicate or, sadly, on life support. Devising a living will or a health care proxy may provide solutions for heirs.

A living will allows someone to draw up his or her care decisions in advance. A health care proxy designates authority to a representative. Both options could make a tragic situation easier to handle for relatives.

The estate planning and probate processes may prove overwhelming to some. Discussing options with an attorney could help. A lawyer may also assist a client with writing a legally sound document.