What is a Letter of Instruction?

Tell loved ones how you want your body handled

picture of letters of instructionIt can be difficult to talk to your loved ones and family members about death and end of life issues. Although your loved ones may have some idea of how you want your physical body handled after you die, they may not have the legal authority to carry out your wishes and they may have other questions. Maryland and Washington DC estate planning lawyer Michelle Lanchester can help you draft a personalized letter of instruction, in compliance with Maryland and District of Columbia estate law to help your loved ones understand and carry out your last wishes and funeral. Fortunately, this letter of instruction can clarify your family’s questions and relieve stress in their time of grief.

What Does a Letter Of Instruction Do?

An important component of your estate plan, a letter of instruction provides your family with critical information in the event you become incapacitated or die. The document will be fashioned in accordance with Maryland and District of Columbia law and give your loved ones the legal authority to carry out your wishes. It also serves as a guide to help your loved ones understand your wishes concerning what happens to your body.

Funeral Arrangements

A letter of instruction can describe the funeral or memorial service or burial or cremation arrangements you want made. More importantly, it contains the name of the person that you appoint to be in charge of what happens to your body. In the event of conflict or confusion between loved ones, the letter of instructions provides essential information to hospitals, funeral parlors and cremation companies regarding the name of the person who is in charge of your body and who makes the final decisions regarding the arrangements for your body.

Attorney Lanchester can help you to create an organized letter of instruction that will help ensure that your loved ones will be able to plan your funeral or memorial service according to your wishes.

Leave your legacy of love by helping your loved ones in their time of grief. Contact estate planning attorney Michelle Lanchester today at her offices in Washington DC or Largo, Maryland. She will get to know you, your loved ones, your family and your and answer any of your questions. You have worked hard for your life; take charge now before it is too late.

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