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Volume 13, Issue 7
Written by Erik Schuster, CFP® – Financial Planner
Estate planning is the process of arranging for the management and distribution of your assets after your death. It involves creating legal documents that provide instructions for your loved ones and ensure that your wishes are carried out. Basic estate planning can help protect your assets, minimize taxes, and provide for your loved ones. In this article, we will discuss the essentials of estate planning.
Create a Will:
A will is a legal document that outlines how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. It is important to create a will, even if you do not have a lot of assets. Without a will, your assets will be distributed according to state laws, which may not align with your wishes. A will can also name an executor, who is responsible for managing your estate and carrying out your wishes.
Beneficiaries are the individuals or organizations that receive your assets after your death. You can name beneficiaries for various assets, including bank accounts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies. Naming beneficiaries ensures that your assets go to the individuals or organizations that you choose, bypassing the probate process.
Create a Power of Attorney:
A power of attorney is a legal document that appoints someone to manage your affairs if you become incapacitated. There are two types of powers of attorney: a durable power of attorney and a healthcare power of attorney. A durable power of attorney allows someone to manage your financial affairs, while a healthcare power of attorney allows someone to make medical decisions on your behalf.
Establish a Trust:
A trust is a legal arrangement in which a trustee holds and manages your assets for the benefit of your beneficiaries. There are various types of trusts, including revocable and irrevocable trusts. A revocable trust allows you to maintain control of your assets during your lifetime and provides instructions for their distribution after your death. An irrevocable trust transfers ownership of your assets to the trust, providing asset protection and tax benefits.
Consider Life Insurance:
Life insurance can provide financial support for your loved ones after your death. It can help pay for funeral expenses, outstanding debts, and provide income for your family. There are various types of life insurance policies, including term life insurance and whole life insurance. It is important to consider your needs and budget when selecting a life insurance policy.
Review and Update Your Estate Plan:
It is important to review and update your estate plan regularly. Life events, such as the birth of a child or the purchase of a new asset, may require changes to your estate plan. It is also important to review your estate plan to ensure that it still aligns with your wishes and provides for your loved ones.
In conclusion, basic estate planning can help protect your assets, minimize taxes, and provide for your loved ones. By creating a will, naming beneficiaries, creating powers of attorney, establishing a trust, considering life insurance, and reviewing and updating your estate plan, you can ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. Working with an experienced estate planning attorney can help you navigate the process and create a plan that meets your needs.
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While each decade of life presents new financial obstacles and opportunities for growth, one principle holds true for individuals of all ages: achieving financial balance and compromise. To help people navigate their finances effectively, we recommend the following practices:
20s: Time Is Their Greatest Asset:
Many individuals in their 20s find themselves overwhelmed by the newfound responsibility of managing their money. Juggling student loan repayments, career development, and finding a balance between saving and spending can leave young adults feeling lost. However, they often overlook their greatest asset: time. Starting to save for retirement and invest in their 20s provides more opportunities for wealth growth.
30s: Keep Long-Term Financial Goals in Sight:
By the time individuals reach their 30s, they may have achieved significant career milestones, such as salary raises and promotions, or experienced life changes like marriage and children. It is an ideal time to position themselves for long-term success by increasing contributions to their 401(k)s as their salaries grow. Rebalancing investments and considering a Roth IRA are also crucial steps during this phase.
40s: Retirement Strategies:
In an ideal scenario, individuals in their 40s have paid off their student loans, regularly contribute to their 529 accounts, and have an estate plan in place while being on track for retirement. However, a study by Northwestern Mutual found that 4 in 10 people do not believe they will be financially ready for retirement. It is essential to evaluate and determine your retirement age goal and work towards it.
50s: Portfolio Diversification Is Key:
While portfolio diversification is crucial at any stage of life, it becomes particularly important for individuals in their 50s. To mitigate risks, it is advisable to identify a trusted financial advisor who can help navigate potential variables that could derail a well-funded financial plan. This is also an appropriate time to start discussing long-term care planning, as creating a plan beforehand can protect your savings against unforeseen medical costs in the future.
A well-thought-out financial plan serves as the backbone, ensuring an individual’s finances are strong enough to withstand market unpredictability. By following these guidelines, individuals can achieve peace of mind and enjoy the life they have built for themselves.
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- Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:00 PM | Lambertville Station Inn
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