When you meet with your estate planning attorney, it can be a time for some challenging but important conversations. We talk – and make decisions – about death and taxes, but we often leave you with more to consider as well.

     Organ donation is one such area. Most of us don’t think about organ donation in our day-to-day life. Like estate planning, when we are forced to think about it, it is often too late to have good conversations and too late to communicate proactively with our families about our wishes.

     Did you know that in this country, one person on the organ donation waiting list dies every hour? Or that one organ donor can save up to eight lives? While our feelings about organ donation are incredibly personal, what is universal is that we should communicate with our families how we feel about it, and seek to understand their wishes.

     If you do wish to be an organ donor, you can register with one of the national registries, such as Organize, or Donate Life America, or with your state based registry, which in Massachusetts is the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Remember that a state registry may not be searched if a person is out of state at the time of potential organ donation.

     It is also important to communicate those wishes to your family members and friends. In person conversations are ideal, but is is also helpful to create a record of your wishes for friends and family to rely upon. Organizesuggests tweeting “I want to be an #organdonor.” Facebook allows you to reflect your organ donation wishes under your “Life Events” as a “Health and Wellness” entry.

     If you have questions on how this topic affects you please feel free to contact our Estate Planning Department at 617-951-3100.