Don’t let the State decide who gets your assets after you die. Plan ahead instead.
Your will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. However, to think that over 70% of people don’t even have a will is, indeed, quite frightening.
Various studies show that most adults have not prepared a legal will. However, the point I’m really trying to make is that everyone has a will in a way—just not one that they have executed.
You don’t want to cause a fight over these items, after your dad is gone.
If you have a loved one who deals with chronic illness or a disability of some kind, you want to be able to keep supporting them after you’re gone. However, you don’t want to disrupt their ability to collect funds from programs like Medicaid or disability payments. In these situations, you can use a special needs trust.
If you and your spouse are child-free, you may think you don’t need to think about comprehensive estate planning—but you’d be wrong. You’ll still want to ensure your assets go where you’d like them to after you’re gone, rather than being divvied up by the state.
When transferring wealth to the next generation, many families prefer to make gifts to younger family members in trust, rather than gifting the assets outright. Gifting assets to a trust has many advantages, including asset protection, tax planning and maintaining family control until the beneficiary reaches adulthood.
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