Death planning guide: getting extra help
Money Savings Expert Martin Lewis has compiled a checklist of 20 things you need to consider when planning for the financial well-being of your family (it’s on his website). The check-list includes tips on wills, inheritance tax, funerals and setting up power of attorney. Our last post addressed releasing equity in your house. This one covers getting extra help and support.
If you're planning for the end of life, don't shoulder the worry alone - help is available and you make sure you seek it out.
The following places are a good place to start:
- It's a daunting task, so ask your family and friends for extra support if you need it.
- If you already have a solicitor, they should be able to help with big financial decisions. Otherwise, get help from a friend or relative in the know, or contact Citizens Advice.
- If you're struggling to cope, don't suffer in silence. There are several useful organisations that can help, including charities Samaritans and Age UK.
- Local religious leaders can also help plan ceremonies, last rites or prayers, and give spiritual support. They will have helped many through this process before, so should be able to give you the benefit of their experience.