Planning for the Unexpected: A Mom’s Guide to Estate Planning

Planning for the Unexpected: A Mom's Guide to Estate Planning

Today in my Mom’s Guide to Financial Freedom, we are talking about a topic many of us would rather ignore – estate planning. I now deal with this a lot at work and almost daily I am reminded of how important it is to get your affairs in order. Getting a will in place is actually a very simple and cheap process.  

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What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is the process of arranging for the management and distribution of your assets after you pass away. It involves creating a will, naming beneficiaries for your assets, and making decisions about end-of-life care.

Why is Estate Planning Important? Estate planning is important to ensure that your wishes are carried out after they pass away. It also outlines what you want to happen with any minor children should both you and your partner pass away or are no longer together. It can also help minimize estate taxes and avoid conflicts among family members.


Key Components of Estate Planning

  1. Will: A will is a legal document that outlines how you want your assets to be distributed after you pass away. It also allows you to name a guardian for your minor children.
  2. Trust: A trust is a legal arrangement that allows a third party, known as a trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary. Trusts can be used to manage assets for minor children or provide for family members with special needs.
  3. Power of Attorney: A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone else to make financial or medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This is important if you have a terminal illness and will need decisions to be made on your behalf. 
  4. Healthcare Directive: A healthcare directive, also known as a living will, outlines your wishes for medical treatment if you are unable to communicate them yourself.


Getting Started with Estate Planning:

  1. Inventory Your Assets: Make a list of all your assets, including bank accounts, investments, real estate, and personal property. Ensure you add everything that is in your name. 
  2. Consider Your Goals: Think about your goals for your estate, such as providing for your children’s education or leaving a legacy for future generations.
  3. Consult with Professionals: Consider consulting with an estate planning attorney and financial advisor to help you create an estate plan that meets your needs. Having a professional help you draft your will can ensure that you have everything covered and it will make it easier for those you left behind to have a contact person who has access to all the relevant information. 

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, don’t put it off! By creating an estate plan that outlines your wishes for your assets and your family’s future, you can ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass away. It will also make it easier for them to get everything processed if there is one document they can work from. 



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