Whether or not to include life insurance in an estate plan is one of the most commonly asked questions. As with all estate planning questions, the answer is unique to each individual; however, there are some things you should take into account when considering the addition of life insurance in your estate plan. Your age and health. Life insurance is less expensive to purchase when you are younger and healthy, meaning you should be able to lock in the best rates. This is also when most people … [Read more...] about Should I Include Life Insurance In My Estate Plan?
Many of us are surprised that our assets may not go to those named in our Will. However, if you have assets controlled by beneficiary designations or other non-probate transfers, that’s the case. Read on to learn how a Will might not control all your assets. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Beneficiary Designations and Other Non-Probate Transfers
When considering creating or updating your estate plan in 2020, you will want to make sure that you consider all of your planning needs. This will ensure that you have a proper plan that will protect you during all of life’s unexpected events. The information below will explain more about your needs. In this second installment about estate planning considerations, we address additional issues often overlooked in many estate plans. If you have any questions about the information below, or if … [Read more...] about New Year Resolution: Review Your Estate Plan (part 2 of 2)
Periodically, sit down and reevaluate your need for life insurance. It’s often an essential part of an estate plan. Life insurance can be used to: Replace income Fund a business buy – sell agreement Create an estate Pay federal estate taxes Equalize an estate Provide an inheritance for a child not in the family business General life insurance tips: Only pay premiums that won’t take food off your table. If you are insurance poor, you’ll end up dropping it. Term … [Read more...] about Do You Need Life Insurance?
Probate can be an extremely costly, lengthy, and public process. Many people take the time to carefully plan their estate in order to avoid probate. If you’re looking to avoid probate, you will need to utilize the right techniques. Take a look at some more great ways to avoid probate. If you have any questions or if you’re ready to discuss your probate avoidance needs, meet with an experienced, qualified estate planning attorney. Gift during your lifetime. If you’re able and willing … [Read more...] about Probate Avoidance Made Easy (part 2 of 2)
If you’re in a blended family, such as a second marriage with children from a previous relationship, you can do much to keep the peace in your family with your estate plan. One way to keep the peace, using your estate plan, is to specifically consider and plan for your children. This could include not making your children wait until your second spouse dies before they will inherit. Waiting and putting the children second may cause hurt feelings and a breakdown of relationships that you’ve … [Read more...] about If You’re in a Second Marriage, It is Important to Plan to Protect Your Children
When creating your estate plan, you will not only have to decide how your assets will be distributed, you will also need to make sure that your loved ones are always protected by having enough assets including, perhaps, life insurance. We’ve outlined information below to help you better understand the importance of life insurance. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to make sure that you have enough life insurance coverage, contact a qualified and experienced estate planning … [Read more...] about A Role for Life Insurance in an Estate Plan
A complete estate plan involves a variety of tools and options, and no two plans are identical. For many people, insurance is an extremely important part of their plans. There are several different types of insurance you may want to incorporate into your own estate plan, but there are several that are commonly used by many people. Life Insurance There are two basic types of life insurance: term and whole. Term life insurance is something you buy every year. Its costs tend to get higher the … [Read more...] about Insurance and Estate Planning
Believe it or not, your former spouse may still receive your life insurance benefits, instead of your current spouse, when you die. Although the idea that someone you divorced years ago might receive your life insurance benefits, instead of the person to whom you are currently married, seems rather nonsensical, the law does not always adhere to common sense. Why does this occur? When a couple gets divorced there are a great many thoughts and turbulent emotions swirling around in one’s head, as … [Read more...] about Why Your Former Spouse May Still Receive Your Life Insurance Benefits
If you have recently suffered the loss of a family member or loved one, you may be concerned about the legal steps required to probate the decedent’s estate. Probate is the legal process in court by which a decedent’s estate assets are inventoried and valued, debts of the decedent are paid and assets eventually transferred to the beneficiaries or heirs of the estate. Whether or not an estate must go through probate depends on a number of factors. Wills, Trusts, and Estate matters are governed … [Read more...] about Do All Estates Have to Go Through Probate?