If you are one of the 40 million people that have downloaded and binge-listened to the S-Town podcast (from the creators of Serial and This American Life) then dying without an estate plan has been on your mind.
WARNING: S-TOWN SPOILERS AHEAD! (If you haven't listened to the buzz-worthy podcast yet and don't want any spoilers then stop reading now and come back later! Please also note that S-Town contains explicit language)
Among the many heartbreaking aspects of S-Town is the fallout of what happens when someone dies without making their wishes legally known. The podcast twists and turns leaving a tangled mess in the wake of an unexpected death. A mother left behind with dementia and no legal guardianship in place, an "unbanked" individual with rumored hidden gold, 13 beloved dogs, pending felony charges, property with an incredibly complex hedge maze and a myriad of other items are all left in the lurch. All the resulting confusion, chaos and legal issues between family and friends of the deceased could have been avoided with a simple estate plan.
Knowing how easy (and affordable) it is to create a proper estate plan with our company Easy Legal Planning made listening to S-Town almost unbearable. The fighting, lies and subsequent finger-pointing that unfortunately often happen are completely avoidable when you take the time to legally make your wishes known. And knowing that John B's wishes were certainly not carried-out made my heartache. A simple text with your wishes in meaningless in probate court. If only John B had actually followed-through with some estate planning the story would certainly have had a less frustrating - although no less heartbreaking - ending.
Many of the injustices I felt in the podcast were completely avoidable. In our business we have heard of many similar situations happening and we love being able to help families avoid situations just like these with proper estate planning.
For less than the cost of one of John B McLemore's charitable tattoo sessions you can purchase our revocable living trust package. (Learn the difference between wills and trusts here). Do it for yourself or your loved ones and avoid the fighting and finger-pointing that almost always accompany death with no estate plan in place.
Don't leave your estate (or the estate of your loved ones) with as many confusing "outcomes" as John B's intricate hedge maze. You can create a simple solution to avoid any estate planning issues by creating a will or trust and make your wishes legally known. The process is actually very simple and affordable...trust us you'll be surprised. By answering the five questions in our video below you can easily get started on your estate plan today:
If you are interested in learning more about estate planning and find out why a revocable living trust would have been a great option for John B McLemore visit us at Easy Legal Planning. And use the code STOWN for $50 off a trust package.