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How to Pass Your Stories and Values to the Future Generations While it’s true that money is probably the most talked about topic in estate planning, the riches of experience and wisdom can sometimes mean more to family members down the line. Reinforcement of family traditions can be built into your estate plan alongside your wishes regarding money, property, and belongings. After all, what really defines a family is its values and traditions — not
In estate planning circles, the word “probate” often comes with a starkly negative connotation. Indeed, for many people — especially those with larger estates — financial planners recommend trying to keep property out of probate whenever possible. That being said, the probate system was ultimately established to protect the property of the deceased and their heirs, and in a few cases it may even be advantageous. The following is a brief overview of the pros
As Ambrose Bierce once darkly observed, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” Ideally, when someone passes away, the paperwork and material concerns associated with the estate are so flawlessly handled (thanks to excellent preparation) that they fade into the background, allowing the family to grieve and remember in peace. In fact, the whole business of estate planning – or at least a significant piece of it – is concerned with ease.
When you’re in a romantic partnership – as opposed to a marriage – you need to create the legal protections and benefits automatically afforded to those who are married. For example, married persons legally inherit from each automatically and can visit their spouses in the hospital without question. You and your partner can do the same, but only if you have the legal documents that create those rights. Estate Planning is Your Legal Instruction Book
If you want to leave a robust financial legacy for your family, a financial plan alone is like trying to guide a boat with just one oar: It’s only part of the big picture for your overall monetary health. A well-informed financial plan is worth your time for several reasons, but let’s look at how financial and estate planning can work in tandem to create the best possible future for you and your family in