Estate Planning Awareness Week is a great opportunity not only to take steps to make sure your own estate plan is up to date, but also to talk to your family members--especially elderly parents--about creating an estate plan. Estate planning is often a difficult topic to broach, as it brings the unpleasant topics of aging and death to the forefront of our minds. However, creating a proper estate plan can also provide significant peace of mind for your family members by ensuring their life savings are protected, plans are in place in the event they become ill, and their property is passed down according to their wishes. Read this post for a few tips to help you start the conversation.
Intergenerational estate planning is important. This type of planning is about more than just helping one generation build as much wealth as possible. These plans help prepare heirs to both manage and preserve those assets into the future for long-lasting enjoyment.
There are several reasons why you should update your existing trust or perhaps your entire estate plan. While estate planning documents do not necessarily have a shelf life, they may not fulfill your goals when your circumstances change. Of course, having estate planning documents that are up-to-date is critical, but how do you know when you should make changes?
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The divorce process can be long and expensive. However, the work does not end once the divorce decree is signed. In order to ensure that your assets and estate planning wishes are carried out in light of this major life change, there are three things you must do as soon as possible.
Estate planning is more about protecting your values, morals and legacy than it is about protecting your money. Find out more here!
If you've been procrastinating about completing your estate plan, now is the time to get it done!
Equal division of your estate to your beneficiaries may make sense for some people. However, there are other reasons why unequal division may be more fair.
Establishing a trust is a great probate-avoidance tool. But having a trust doesn't necessarily keep you out of Probate Court.
For some wealthier couples, lifetime QTIP trusts may be a good estate planning tool. The QTIP Trust is created and funded with gifts from the wealthier spouse that qualify for the unlimited marital deduction while both spouses are living.
Here's a checklist of documents and items you should bring to your initial consultation with your new estate planning attorney.
Many people think having just a Will is a sufficient estate plan. However, what most people don't realize is that their Will only goes into effect upon that person's death. What if you become incapacitated? Do you have a plan in place? If not, a conservator may need to be appointed to manage your financial affairs during your incapacity.
A new child is a welcome addition to the family. Taking care of this precious child means ensuring your financial and personal affairs are in order in the event of your death or incapacity.
Tax Day is just around the corner. Don't make these 4 mistakes when filing your taxes.
While putting together an estate plan is important for you and your loved ones, it is equally important for you to understand the role of the trusted individuals who will be carrying out your wishes when you are unable to. When it comes to estate planning, these helpers are key.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or illness, consider taking these three steps to ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
Do you know who is listed as your beneficiary(ies) on your beneficiary designated assets? If not, the answer may surprise you and can negatively impact your estate plan.
Historically, Halloween was a celebration of human death. Have you thought about what will happen upon your death?
Don't forget Buddy! Estate planning should include all members of your family, including your beloved pets.
Transmuting property to community property can save beneficiaries in capital gains tax.