End-of-Life & Estate Organizing

We will work with and motivate you to:

  • Riethink what you would want to happen in a crisis and determine how prepared you currently are for certain situations.
  • Riecord your end-of-life instructions and wishes and determine your current method of maintaining important documentation which is often necessary during times of crisis. Establish a system that works best for you.
  • Rieassure your loved ones that this process and the documents that we create are gifts that can provide you and them with peace of mind, knowing that you have it all under control.
  • …so you can Rielax.

Planning for the Future

Talking about illness or dying is often awkward and/or scary. Being asked to take on the responsibility of handling another’s affairs because of a disaster, serious illness, incapacity, dementia or death can leave you or your loved ones vulnerable and confused and put a strain on already stressed relationships.

In the event of a crisis, will you or your loved ones be ready? Don’t wait until something happens. Make your plan NOW.

We can…

  • help begin the conversation about end-of-life issues and guide you through the planning process before a catastrophic illness or death occurs.
  • assure that there are no gaps in your end-of-life plan by working with your estate attorney, accountant, financial planner and other professionals.
  • support and work with your grieving family or friends who are left with the difficult job of dealing with the physical “stuff” accumulated after a lifetime of living.

Contact RieOrganize! (by text or phone at 215.435.5609) to schedule an initial phone conversation, during which time the organizer will gather some basic information and schedule an in-home consultation. It is important that you and the organizer schedule this visit during a time with the least amount of distractions.

During the in-home consultation you and the organizer will discuss your goals and determine what needs to happen in order for your wishes to be recorded and your estate plan be organized.

At the end of the consultation, we will discuss your financial options, answer any questions and schedule future visits. We recommend scheduling multiple visits in advance because our calendars fill up quickly.

Finances and Payment

For many, finances are often a consideration. Our rates may be found here. Many of the documents that we recommend that you have are living documents that may change as your life circumstances change and evolve.

For this reason, once you have your estate organized and wishes recorded to your satisfaction, we offer an option for periodic maintenance visits to assist you to review and update your plan.

By investing time and resources now, you can experience the comfort and ease of knowing that you are able to find the documents if you need them during your lifetime and that others will be able to locate what is needed after your death.

Who should be there?

Often, people ask if it is okay to have another person during the sessions. This person could be a spouse, significant other, relative or friend. This decision is up to you and will depend on you and your relationship with the other person. Some find it helpful to have someone else there to bounce ideas off and some feel that the process is too private and intimate to include another. Only you know the answer.

How long will it take?

As with any organizing, the answer is always, “It depends.” During the in-home consultation, the organizer will help you to clarify your goals for the project, identifying what you want or need to accomplish, how often you want to meet, how quickly you can make decisions and what you can accomplish on your own in between sessions.

It’s Not Just About the Paperwork

Sometimes, when you think about end-of-life decisions and estate plan organizing, you may believe that it is all about gathering and organizing legal and financial documents like wills and retirement plans and powers of attorney. However, one part of end-of-life decision-making is reflecting on what to do with all of the possessions and clutter that surrounds us on a daily basis. This often leads to the decision to organize your home. This is also a service with which we can help in conjunction with or separate from end-of-life and estate plan organizing.

After You Die

Even if you do not have a lot of money or possessions, those left behind will still have to deal with all of the stuff that remains.

Often, when something bad happens, family and friends will not be thinking clearly. When it comes to stuff, memories often get muddled and emotions get in the way.

Will loved ones remember exactly what the deceased person has stated that they want to happen? What happens when two family members remember things differently?

By doing the work now, while you are alive and well, you will have prepared for this time and your loved ones will have an easier time dealing with not only with the financial and legal issues but you will have prepared a written plan that ensures that your wishes about who gets what are carried out in the best possible way and that family feuds are avoided.