Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lawyered up and ready to go

So I guess we have a lawyer now. Last week we finally got to work on getting a will. We have talked about it since the kids were wee little tiny, and I guess now that they're both adults we don't need to worry about who's going to get custody anymore. But since we're landowners now we thought we'd still better get one done. Especially since the land is "in the family." We wouldn't want some schmuck getting a little slice right in the middle of Jane's brothers property.

While we were at the lawyer's we also had two other documents drawn up. One is a... something or other that's supposed to be better than a living will. It gives the other one of us the option to decide what happens if we're in a coma or whatever (rather than having the doctor decide). The other was a power of attorney thing. So... we should be all set to die now, or at least be incapacitated. Boy do I feel better.

Now we need to get to work on filling out the little booklets we got from our church called "Let The Choice Be Mine: A Personal Guide to Planning Your Own Funeral" (www.funeralplanning1.com). It's nothing legal, but just a way to write down your personal wishes regarding what funeral home to use, where to be buried, organ donation, how you want 'disposed of,' type of grave marker, info about your life and for the death certificate, how you would like your funeral to be, where all your insurance and financial records are, and other useful stuff.

I know this all sounds a bit morbid, but I have met too many times with funeral directors and families and, even with the best of funeral directors, there is just a lot that needs to be thought about with not much time to think about it. So the more that can be planned ahead of time, the better it is for everyone involved.

Jane and I have been trying to decide where we would like to be buried, and who we would like to do the service. Anyone want to volunteer to do my funeral service for me? I was kind of thinking I would just have her cremate me and keep me in a coffee can. I don't know, somebody would probably end up drinking me, and I'm not sure how I'd feel about that.

Ok... that's enough for now. Peace.