Don’t Just Rely on Luck with Your Estate Planning
St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here. There are many things you may want the luck of the Irish for. Estate planning is not one of them. Securing the future of your estate is a matter of careful reflection and consideration, not luck.Estate Planning Attorneys deal with such matters all the time and can help you establish a plan that is clear, detailed, and legally sound.
To begin the planning process, you should assemble a team that includes an estate planning attorney, a financial advisor, and a tax professional. They can help you map out your plan and customize it to suit your needs and wishes.
And speaking of your wishes, you want to ensure that they are documented in the plan. Creating a healthcare power of attorney that will empower the individual you name to make health care decisions for you should you ever be incapacitated if one of the best steps you can take. The goal is to emerge from the planning process with a will or trust that designates the beneficiaries of your property and other assets and reflects your wishes.
Planning for federal and state taxes in the event of your death is another important component. No one wants to burden their loved ones with these matters when they are grieving. In fact, setting up a number of trusts is one way to avoid the excessive taxation of your estate after your departure.
In the 21st century, it is also important to secure your digital assets.
Deciding who will have control over the documents saved in social media accounts and other digital file storage services is imperative.
Although none of your potential beneficiaries should have an undue influence on your decisions, it is perfectly fine to keep them updated.
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