What Is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is a process to consider alternatives for, to think through, and to set up legally effective arrangements that would meet your specific wishes if something happens to you or those you care about. Good estate planning is more than just a simple Will. Estate planning also typically minimizes potential taxes and fees, and sets up contingency planning to make sure your wishes regarding health care treatment are followed. On the financial side, a good estate plan coordinates what would happen with your home, your investments, your business, your life insurance, your employee benefits (such as a 401K plan), and other property in the event you became disabled or if you die. On the personal side, a good estate plan includes directions to carry out your wishes regarding health care matters, so that if you ever are unable to give the directions yourself, someone you select would do that for you, and know when you would want them to authorize heroic measures and when you would prefer they pull the plug.
Additional Wills FAQs
- Do I Have to Have a Will?
- Does It Make Sense To Use An Attorney? Is It Expensive?
- What if I Die Wthout Any Family?
- When Should I Start My Estate Plan?
- Do I Have to Give Property To Every Child?
- What Sorts Of Instructions Are Made As Part Of An Estate Plan?
- How Can I Reduce My Estate Tax Upon My Death?
- What Is A Will?
- What are Some Typical Estate Planning Documents?
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