As discussed in our previous blog post, there are many things to consider when creating an estate plan for the first time. If you’re thinking about starting your planning, you will want to make careful decisions so that your needs are met and your family is protected. Take a look at the remaining 9 things to remember when creating your estate plan. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to begin your estate plan, meet with an estate planning attorney.
- Don’t forget to consider emergency planning. If you want to be prepared in the event of a medical emergency, you will need to create a plan that includes this special planning. Consider creating a living will and medical power of attorney document. This will allow you to specify your medical wishes regarding certain treatments and will allow you to nominate someone to help make decisions when you’re unable to.
- Keep your estate planning documents in a safe and organized place. This will allow you to have easy access to your planning, if needed. You may consider giving a copy of your planning to a trusted loved one in case something was to happen to your documents. Be cautious of putting your original documents in a safe deposit box since your agent may have difficulty getting access to the box if something happens to you.
- Carefully choose your beneficiaries. You want to make sure that you’re giving your assets to the right people. This is a decision that you should carefully consider before finalizing.
- Carefully choose your trusted helpers. You will need to appoint trusted helpers who will help you in the future. It’s important to choose individuals who are trustworthy, responsible, and reliable. It’s also important to discuss the responsibilities of each job with your trusted helpers so that they are fully prepared for the duties.
If you have any questions about your estate plan needs, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.