Estate Planning

Estate planning comprises a meticulous process that undertakes planning for situations where a person wouldn’t be able to make their own decisions due to a disability or in the case of their passing. The term estate refers to the property one might own; both tangible and intangible. Your property could be hard cash, bank accounts, property, cars, jewelry, insurance, retirement, investments, savings, etc.

Bequeathing assets to heirs / beneficiaries or an institution and planning for incapacity remain main reasons for planning. However, that’s not all estate planning is limited to. Under this umbrella term, there are various other details that can be defined and elaborated.

Estate planning allows you to:

  • Protect assets
  • Medicaid planning
  • Designate a guardian for a minor child
  • Designate a healthcare proxy that can make medical decisions on your behalf
  • Use it for Medicaid planning for long-term care
  • Document end-of-life preferences

You also decide on a power of attorney that can make financial decisions and carry out tasks such as paying bills, settling debt, legal or business decisions, and manage an investment portfolio. When carried out with an estate planning attorney, it can be used to reduce or eliminate taxes.

Here you’ll find yourself perusing through a plethora of articles that could be your resource when you’re learning what planning is all about. You can begin by understanding the bare bones of planning and make your way up, studying different types of planning tools, what mistakes to avoid, what myths to not believe, and more.

Understanding Different Types of Power of Attorney

Understanding Different Types of Power of Attorney

When an individual becomes incapable of making their decisions due to one or more personal reasons that might include poor health, some kind of injury or other unfortunate situations, one can put a power of attorney (POA) into place that can assist their loved ones in making difficult and necessary decisions and judgments on their…

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What Happens to a Trust When You Move Abroad

Thinking about moving abroad after retirement? You are not alone as many American people are considering the same. Financial considerations are the most compelling reason for these seniors to look overseas. The cost of living in America is very high and many people can’t afford to stay in the country after retirement, which is why…

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Cost of Probate after Death

If you care about your family, you will try and plan your estate early enough to avoid probate. If you procrastinate on it, you will end up leaving your family in turmoil. Lack of proper estate planning leaves your family arguing about the distribution of the estate, encounter long delays and pay a lot in…

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The Checklist for Inheritance Trusts

Death is inevitable and no one in this world can live forever. Planning for the future of the next generations is important for everyone. Estate planning helps people prepare for the future and make arrangements for their loved ones. Inheritance trusts are an important part of estate planning and these trusts are drafted to ensure…