How Important is a Will? – Part 1

Estate Planning Not Only for the Rich

Estate planning allows you or anyone to implement certain tools now to ensure that your concerns and goals are fulfilled after you die. Your objective may be to simply make sure that your loved ones are provided for. Or, you may have more complex goals, such as avoiding probate or reducing estate taxes.

Estate planning can be as simple as implementing a will (the cornerstone of any estate plan) and purchasing life insurance, or as complicated as executing trusts and exploring other sophisticated tax and estate planning techniques. Therefore, estate planning is important whether you are wealthy or whether you only have a small estate. In fact, estate planning may be more important if you have a smaller estate, because final expenses will have a greater impact on your estate. Wasting even a single asset may cause your loved ones to suffer from lack of financial resources.

You may also want to plan your estate if you have special circumstances such as any of the following:

  • You have minor children or children with special needs
  • Your spouse is uncomfortable with, or incapable of, handling financial matters
  • You own property in more than one state
  • You own special property, such as artwork or collectibles

Contact a member of our in-house Wealth Management team to discuss your financial future, ask questions, or simply brainstorm ideas.


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