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When you become a parent, having your affairs in order becomes a priority. The protection and care of your children if the worst were to happen is a paramount consideration for all parents.
In life, we never know what can happen from one moment to the next. Being prepared for the unthinkable is one of the best things you can do for your children.
Thinking about your future consider what arrangements should be made for your kids and estate all need to be done. Choosing a guardian, preparing a living will and selecting heirs and gift recipients is all part of the process.
Discussing your final plans with an estate attorney so your wishes are documented legally is the best way to protect your children’s future.
If you pass on without a legal will in place, you will have no control on what happens. With a plan in place, you can minimize the drama that can sometimes happen when there is no will.
You can also outline your desired funeral preferences, name a legal guardian for your children and ensure that your final wishes will be respected.
Legal Will and Guardians
Choosing guardians for your children that will be responsible for the care and well being of your children is vital.
Without a will outlining a plan for the care of your family, your children can end up in foster care or with an unreliable family member. When you choose a guardian, you need to think long-term for the best care of your kids.
Without a legal will, the probate on your estate can take a long time and be plagued with delays. When a will is in place, you can expect to get through the administration process much faster.
When you take the opportunity to list your intended heirs and outline any gifts to family or friends in your will, the value of your estate tax is reduced. The more that you have listed to give away from your estate the less remains to be taxed.
Without a will, the full value of your estate will be fully taxed before it can be split up.
Inheritance & Gifts
Many people have a desire to leave either monetary gifts or physical mementos to family and friends after they pass. With a legal will, you can document the specific details of your wishes and ensure that each heir receives their gift without issue.
Eliminate the stress and drama that can overtake family members when dealing with a recent loss and keep things simple and straightforward with a full breakdown of what is to go where and to whom.
Do you have a will?
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