Have you done your estate planning yet? If you are like most people, you might think you don’t have enough to make that necessary. But, if you own “stuff” and have a family that is dependent on you, then it’s a good idea to have a plan for when you might not be able to conduct your financial affairs. The links below will give you an idea of where to start. If you have a spouse or partner, it’s a good idea to do some joint planning, especially if there are children.
- Who Gets Your Property if You Die Without a Will?
Your property will be divided according to state laws, even if that is not in accordance with your wishes.
- Estate Plan Documents Explained
A comprehensive estate plan may include a will, a letter of last instruction, a durable power of attorney, a health care power of attorney, a living will, an advanced instruction for mental health treatment and/or a trust.
- Estate Planning: Understanding the Basics
What is an estate plan and who needs one? You might be surprised!
- Planning Your Estate: Where Should You Begin?
No one wants to think about dying. However, making plans for that day will make the transition much easier for your loved ones.
- Health Care Power of Attorney
You must be competent and able to communicate in order to make decisions about your medical care. What happens if you are unable to make those decisions?
- The Living Will
The Living Will is a declaration of your desire to die a natural death. It lets loved ones and medical personnel know of your wishes for treatment and care.
- The Surviving Spouse
How the law allocates property to the surviving spouse under various circumstances.