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Know when to make changes to your estate plan

Your estate plan is the key to what is going to happen to you and your assets. It includes some end-of-life plans, such as the advanced directive, and your will and trusts. Many people think that once they create the plan, they won't have to do anything else with it. That misconception can prove costly in the future.

Talking about your parents' estate plan

Talking about an estate plan isn't something that's easy. Instead, it takes time and compassion to have these discussions. If you want to discuss their estate plan with your aging parents, remember that this might not something that they can easily or quickly. In some cases, they may dodge the questions you have because they haven't made an estate plan.

Young adults should think about the future

All adults should have an estate plan in place just in case something happens to you. The problem is that many young adults think that they have plenty of time to create their plans so they don't take action. While they might be right, there is still a chance that the worst could happen. Then, their loved ones are left without a plan.

Small business owners must create a solid estate plan

When your small business is dependent upon you for daily actions and activities, you need to ensure that you have a plan in place just in case something happens to you. A business that is dependent on an owner will likely go under if that owner passes away suddenly. This can mean a tragic outcome for your company, and it might also be a tragedy for your family members if they're counting on the company for income.

Estate bills still need to be paid during probate

Being an estate administrator means that you are responsible for paying the bills of the estate. Sometimes, the heirs think that they have to be the ones who take care of these bills; however, this isn't the case. Unscrupulous bill collectors might try to trick them into paying, but they should only tell the creditors to contact the administrator for payment.

Tips for letting your family know about your estate plan

Creating your estate plan is only part of what you need to do to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of when you pass away. Once you have the plan in order, you need to talk to your family members to let them know what your estate plan says. This gives them a chance to get clarification of anything they aren't sure about.

What should you include in a living will?

When you are setting up your estate plan, you can't think about only where your assets will go. You also need to consider what you want in your final days. Some people reach a state of incapacity before they pass away. This makes it impossible for them to make decisions about their care. Instead, they are going to count on loved ones to do this for them. Having a living will in place can make this time easier for your loved ones.

Understand the purpose of a letter of instruction

When you think of an estate plan, you likely think about wills and trusts. But, there is another document that you need to prepare for your loved ones – the letter of instruction. This isn't legally binding, but it outlines important information that can benefit your family members when you die. You can leave one for everyone to read or you can leave individual letters for specific people.

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