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Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Estate planning is not something that everyone enjoys talking about because it brings into light your own mortality and the fact that one day you will pass away. However it is an essential thing to discuss and plan for because it involves the future of your family and loved ones.

There are often stories in the media about rich and famous people who are going through extensive legal battles, fighting each other over the assets in a deceased estate. Usually this could have been avoided if the person had better planned the division of assets in their will and ensured all parties were happy.

You might think that the members of your family might be congenial after you have passed away and split the assets fairly, but it’s not always the case. This is especially true when spouses are involved. You might trust your sons and daughters, but what about their spouses? Will they pressure your blood relatives into starting a legal battle to obtain more than their fair share of your estate?

To start planning your estate you will need to go through and catalog every asset and investment you have. That includes assets and investments which only come to fruition after you die, like your life insurance policy. You have to also consider that you could be injured or fall ill at any time, so you need to have this plan for the estate ready as soon as possible to avoid future conflict.

The best way to plan your estate is to enlist the help of attorneys who specialize in estate planning. They will be familiar with the kinds of assets and investments involved and what happens to them after you are deceased. You will need to spend some time your attorney to explain to them the kinds of assets you have as well as the division you would like after you pass away.

The estate planning attorney can also help you make arrangements for the car of any young children you have. Where they will stay, who will care for them and so on. You can ask your attorney to also help any beneficiaries in the will, which is often handy when the beneficiaries are struggling to understand the extent of the assets and investments involved.

Some people also opt for a living will, which details what you would like to see happen if you have some kind of life threatening accident, illness or medical emergency and cannot express your wishes. In the living will you can state how long you wish to be kept alive on a respirator or you simply wish to pass away if you are on life support for a certain amount of time. This also avoids disputes between family members who might have different views on your well being and life expectancy.

Good estate planning avoids those tricky situations and disputes between relatives. Instead they can simply grieve your loss and know that your wishes have been laid out in fine detail.