A recent research article published by NeuroImage, “Prediction-based neural mechanisms for shielding the self from existential threat” discusses how the brain shields itself from thoughts of death to protect the mind. The article describes the avoidance phenomenon as “death-denial.” Therefore, any planning for death is automatically cast aside and shielded from the brain as unimportant or not an immediate issue.

The human mind has an automatic tendency to avoid awareness of its mortality

The breakthrough research reveals a plausible neural-based mechanism of death-denial. So what does this mean to us in the legal world? It provides a basis as to why so many people pass away without an estate plan. Having a will or estate plan setup by a respected law firm is not seen as an immediate need or priority.

Everyone knows that they need to get a will and estate plan done. The best thing anyone can do is plan for their future and their family’s with an estate plan.

Do not let your brain trick you into putting off getting a will. Unfortunately, we are all going to pass away. We all need estate plans. Speak with an attorney near you to learn how you can prepare for your future.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about estate planning and avoiding probate and would like to speak with one of our experienced estate planning and probate attorneys, contact us at the Oxner Legha Law Firm by calling 346-327-9500.

References:

– https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1053811919306688

– https://www.cnet.com/news/how-your-brain-protects-you-from-the-reality-of-your-impending-death/

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