Estate planning is usually left to later in life. However, sometimes things happen that require you to think about it earlier.

Becky Barletta, a 31-year-old ski instructor, has recently drawn public attention as one of the youngest people to be diagnosed with dementia and given just 5 years to live.

She now also requires care 24 hours a day.

In order to raise donations for further research on the condition, her family have recently started a fundraising campaign, aiming to minimise the suffering of others affected by dementia in future.

Cases like Becky’s are extremely upsetting but they help draw public attention to just how important it is to make plans for the future.

It’s impossible to know what life will throw at us and Becky’s story is a stark reminder of this.

Sadly, the importance of having good planning is rarely covered in the media so it’s important to utilise cases such as these to encourage a greater awareness of what can happen to any of us or to those we love.

In addition to providing peace of mind, putting the right plans in place at an early stage lessens the risk of unforeseen circumstances resulting in decisions being made by strangers on your behalf that are not in line with your wishes or the wishes of your loved ones.

Many of us find it difficult to discuss but doing so earlier means you will be able to consolidate your wishes regardless of what should happen in future.