Some people feel it is too complex or too costly to draw up an estate plan, but the most costly error of all is failure to plan.
Planning your estate is about caring for your loved ones, seeing they are provided for, and making sure your property is distributed according to your wishes. An estate plan should be part of your family’s overall financial plan, along with saving for your children’s college tuition and your retirement.
About half of all Americans do not have a will, which leaves it to state law to distribute their property when they die. If they have children, a court will decide where they will live and who will make important decisions about their money, education, and way of life.
The primary documents in an estate plan may include:
A properly designed estate plan will:
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