In light of the current worldwide pandemic outbreak of Covid 19, it’s a good time to review your current estate plan (or lack thereof). If you answer “no” or “don’t know” to any of the following questions, please contact our office for a no cost, no obligation estate planning consultation.
Do you have a Will or a Trust in place?
Without proactive planning, state laws will determine how your assets pass, to whom they pass, and when they pass. This can lead to undesired results, and is perhaps the most
costly way to pass assets to loved ones.
Has your Will or Trust been reviewed in the last two years?
Even assuming that there have been no family or financial changes since your plan was last reviewed, there have been several major tax law changes. An out-of-date estate plan can
be worse than no planning at all.
Does your current Health Care Power of Attorney permit the person of your choosing (spouse, child, family) to make emergency health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so?
Does your estate plan contain a customized plan to determine if you are mentally disabled?
Does your current estate plan give instructions for your care and the care of your loved ones in the event of disability?
Are you certain that your current estate plan will minimize possible federal estate taxes at your death, including taxes on your house, life insurance and IRA’s?
If you have a Revocable Living Trust in place as part of your estate plan, is your trust fully funded so that your family can avoid the delays and expenses of probate?
Have you taken steps to avoid possible will contests and disputes during the administration of your estate?
Does your estate plan protect your children’s inheritance in the event your surviving spouse chooses to remarry?
Have you recently checked the beneficiary designations of your retirement plans and life insurance policies, and are you confident that you have not listed your estate or any minor
children as either primary or secondary beneficiaries?
Does your current estate plan provide creditor and lawsuit protection for assets passed to your surviving spouse?
Does your current estate plan provide creditor and lawsuit protection for assets passed to your children’s inheritance?
Are you confident that your current estate plan is income tax efficient?
Does your current plan protect your children’s inheritance from a divorcing spouse?
Are you satisfied with the persons you named as guardians of your minor children in your current plan?
Are you satisfied with the persons selected as executor and trustee in your current estate plan?
Are you confident that your executor, power of attorney, and successor trustee are prepared to act on your behalf when asked to?
Again, if you answer “no” or “don’t know” to any of the questions, please feel free to call our office. We’re here to help!