2 mistakes people make when making estate plans

On Behalf of | May 18, 2022 | Estate Planning |

You may have recently considered an estate plan to deal with your assets after death. You spent a lifetime building your estate and you want it to last another lifetime with your friends and family. Knowing your assets will be in the right hands after you pass away can be mentally calming. 

There’s a lot to consider when making estate plans. You may not realize just how much you have to your name until you start listing it out. A lot of what you plan in your estate may not seem obvious. Here’s what you should know:

Update your estate and update regularly

You may still have years to come before your assets go to someone else. That means there’s plenty of time to add to your estate and enjoy more of what life has to give. 

You may have made your estate plans only to buy a new car or home shortly after. You may have gotten married or divorced after you first made your will. You may have had children or grandchildren you wish to add to your estate plans. You may want to add these new assets and changes to your estate plan or else your assets may be inherited by the wrong person.

Find the right person to handle your estate

Life events happen suddenly, and that may mean someone will have to rush to protect your estate from greedy family members. You’ll need to establish someone to take control of your assets and maintain them before they are properly distributed to your inheritors. 

You’ll need to appoint an executor of your estate. You can just pick anyone for your executor, but if you want your estate to be in pristine condition then you’ll need to pick the right person for the job. This would mean picking someone reliable, trustworthy and professional to protect your estate.

A good, comprehensive estate plan isn’t something you can create on your own. Find out more about the options available to have your estate plan structured to your goals.