Navigating the end of life: How to prepare

Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult task for anyone. Dividing up possessions and finances can be even more difficult.

Kelley and Ferraro Associate Attorney Joseph Stottner discussed how people should begin preparing for the end of their life, how to navigate the legal requirements and more. He also touched on the damage asbestos has done to those exposed on jobsites.

Preparing for the end of life

Stottner said Kelley and Ferraro handles probate cases on an individual basis. Their team will take care of all the legal jargon and help prepare legal documents.

The most important step is to prepare a will. Without a will, an individual’s belongings and money will automatically go to the next of kin or an immediate family member. However, some families argue over who gets a certain belonging or amount of money.

A will can help resolve arguments before they begin. While this conversation can be difficult, it needs to be done. Also, a will can be changed. So what is prepared now can be altered before a will goes into effect.

Stottner said Kelley and Ferraro is experienced in helping families prepare for the end of a family member’s life. He added that having a plan is the best way to settle the process before it is too late.

Asbestos exposure

Asbestos was a common building material up until a few decades ago. It was routinely used in insulation and other products. Sadly, people are now developing illnesses and in some cases dying from asbestos after being exposed decades ago.

Kelley and Ferraro is working with clients and family members who have been affected by this harmful mineral to get them compensation for any damages suffered.

Stottner said asbestos manufacturing was huge and it was included in many products. Although manufacturing of the product is now illegal and many of the leading manufacturers have gone out of business, asbestos still exists in many buildings. He encouraged those affected by the material to contact Kelley and Ferraro for assistance.


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