You’ve said it a thousand times: Young adults need estate plans too. It’s an entreaty all too often met with a shrug of the shoulders and a wave of the hand. At that age, we think we’re immortal. But the uncomfortable truth is no one knows how much time is left.
I was reminded earlier this month how true this is. I thought back to a year ago when 58 people were killed during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting. A good number of those who lost their lives that day were in their 20s and 30s. And as I reflected on the pain their families must have felt and still feel, I caught myself wondering if any of them had plans in place.
I’d be willing to bet most didn’t, and it’s a shame, because their wishes died with them. How many families didn’t know if they wanted to be buried or cremated? How many couldn’t access their social media accounts to close them down or post in memoriums to honor their lives? These are things no family should have to wonder about during a time of such grief.
With this in mind, we must work together to encourage young adults to think about creating an estate plan. Let them know that just a few simple steps could save their families a lot of anguish if the worst happens.