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What is a “Must-Have” Estate Planning Document?

Must haveMillennials are not discussing end-of-life care with their parents. Nevertheless, to save your loved ones avoidable pain and legal wrangling at your death or if you become incapacitated, you should begin your estate planning today and that includes a conversation with your millennial children.

As we discuss estate planning with our loved ones, everyone needs to understand the documents involved:

  • Wills: A will describes who will be in charge of your estate at the time of your death and to whom you want your assets to be given. You can also use a will to nominate a guardian for your minor children.
  • Living Trust: This is a common way to transfer assets upon your death and without probate. Typically, a trust will have property titled in it and will document what should happen to the assets upon your death.
  • Durable Power Of Attorney: This ensures that an individual you select has the authority to make decisions regarding your financial life in the event that you are incapacitated or unable to make decisions on your own, such as financial and legal matters.
  • Health-Care Power of Attorney: Like a durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney give a person you designate the authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you can't make those decisions yourself.
  • Living Will: This allows you to list your healthcare preferences and can be used, along with your health-care proxy, to make certain that your medical wishes are carried out.
  • HIPPA Release: This allows those listed on your advanced health care directive and your health-care proxy to access your healthcare information so they can handle issues on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
  • Tax Documents: Can you believe that death does not stop taxes? Most taxpayers don't have to worry about federal estate taxes, but some must be aware that an estate over $5.45 million is liable for estate taxes, with some exceptions. Some states also have a state death tax in addition to federal estate taxes.

Plan now so that your loved ones don't have to face legal obstacles and stress that could have been avoided. Speak with an estate planning lawyer and help your loved ones avoid unnecessary expenses, legal headaches and additional pain. We can help you with that; give us a call at 757-259-0707 for your complementary consultation.

Reference: Benzinga (February 08, 2016) "Millennials and Estate Planning: How to Get Started"

 

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