For many people, estate planning isn’t just about financial assets and other practical concerns. It’s also about honoring their religious beliefs and passing those values on to family members. That can be very tricky ground. Religious beliefs can affect a wide range of decisions, from end-of-life health care and organ donations, to funeral, burial or cremation arrangements, to the distribution of assets among heirs and charitable bequests.
Any of those issues can be a source of passionate disagreement within a family, especially one with varying degrees of religious devotion. So, estate planners say, addressing them ahead of time, with legal documentation, can help quell disputes down the road.
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