You might be asking yourself:
What Are The Steps in Estate Planning?
In order to make sure that your family and other loved ones will be properly taken care of when you’re gone, there are a number of steps in estate planning1.
Here’s a step-by-step process:
Draw up a Will
One of the first things you should do is draft a will to detail who your beneficiaries are. This can be done without an attorney, but it’s best if you have one review and sign off on it before distributing copies.
If you don’t have a will make sure you get one done as soon as possible. You can then make sure your assets and valuables go to the right beneficiaries. Appoint an executor for your will. Your solicitor can help you draw up a will for your specific needs. A carefully drawn-up will helps reduce inheritance tax2.
Keep Your Files in Order
Keep essential documents in one file. Let your executor or family member know where it is. Records in this file should include your will, property deeds, bank details, bills, insurance and loan documents, birth and marriage certificates, tax certificates, and investment documents.
Pay off Debt When You Can
If you can, pay off any debts, you owe before you die. This makes it easier to distribute assets and wealth quickly to your beneficiaries.
Plan for Ill Health
In the event of a medical emergency, you don’t want to be worrying about your final wishes. One way that can help is by having an advanced healthcare directive in place. This will state what kind of treatment you would like if you are unconscious or unable to make decisions for yourself.
Another important part is life insurance; without it, your loved ones may have trouble paying for necessities after your death. It’s also worth considering long-term care coverage and disability insurance as well.
Here’s the deal:
These all work together to make sure that your final wishes are carried out when needed!
What Should Be Included in Estate Planning?
There are many factors to consider when planning an estate. Some of the most popular considerations include: who will be left in charge of your affairs, what assets should you leave for your beneficiaries, and how much money do I have?
What Should You Never Put in Your Will?
Your salary and investment portfolio. These assets should be placed in a living trust to avoid probate after your death.
Anything that can’t be divided up among heirs if you have multiple children, grandchildren or other relatives.
What Are the Four Must-Have Documents?
Your will, a living trust or power of attorney for property and finances, durable powers of attorney that cover healthcare and other personal matters if you are unable to make decisions yourself.
What Information Should I Leave In Case I Die?
A list of your beneficiaries, the executor and alternate executors for your will, a list of all property including real estate you own or have an interest in.
That was only the beginning,
Estate planning is something we all have to do. It’s essential to look at your financial affairs and carefully plan out how you want your assets to be distributed when you die. Putting your affairs in order can help you to avoid paying inheritance tax and make sure your beneficiaries are well looked after.