While the legalities may be the most urgent to discuss with your family, there are other things as well to talk about.
You may have a genealogist in your family already. If so, that is great—you are ahead of the game. If not, why not set up at least a basic one?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can write it out or use a mind map chart. It is important though. Even if it doesn’t seem so to you now, there will be questions you will have as you and your children age.
While your parent is still able, do find out what you can about their parent and grandparents, and at least names further back if possible. Sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, anyone they can think of can be added to the list. Where they live/lived would be nice to know too. We recently found out we still have a whole clan of relatives in my grandmother’s native country. It isn’t essential information, but it’s exciting to know and be in touch with some of them.
An important part of this family tree is health issues. Whether you write it on the family tree or make another list, see if you can find out how old their parents and grandparents were at time of death. Do they know what caused the death? Were they aware of diabetes, heart conditions, cancer? You get the idea. All of us have been in the doctor’s office filling out forms asking for health history of ‘anyone in your family…” Think how often that happens. How do you answer the question, “Do you have a history of that in your family?” Wouldn’t it be nice to know? If you don’t need it, your children might.
Do it while they can! One day you may be glad you did. At the very least it gives your children and theirs more information about what their prior generations were like. I never realized it would matter to me as much as it does.