Estate Planning is the steps you take to ensure that you final property and health care are dealt with and your beneficiaries are provided for in the manner you have wished.
There are a number of issues to be considered including:
- what is the financial state of your affairs;
- what property do you own;
- does a guardian need to be appointed for minor children;
- how much tax will the estate need to pay before it can be settled;
- what funeral arrangements should be made;
- who gets what?
A number of strategies can be employed to facilitate the settlement of your estate while minimizing taxes and the emotional stress that comes with the situation. You are best advised to employ the services of an estate planning attorney who can work together with your financial advisor and accountant to develop an estate plan that is suitable for your situation.
If you haven’t yet begun working on your estate plan, refer to our Estate Planning Checklist. You check off the items you have completed and tackle those yet to be done.
You may also become involved in the Estate Plan of someone else if you are named as an executor in their will. If you are unsure of what the role of an executor involves, refer to our Duties of an Executor. You may find that is not a role that you want to assume.