When people think of an "Estate" they might think of a mansion like the one above or a portfolio of assets worth millions of dollars. They believe that estate planning is not necessary unless you have a large estate with lots of assets.
We have previously discussed why leaving your estate to your children in equal shares isn't always fair. In fact, it could destroy the value of the assets you leave and ruin family relationships. So what solutions do you have to be fair and preserve family harmony?
When doing their estate planning, parents always want to be fair with their children. Most often they try to accomplish this by leaving everything to the children in equal shares. While this may seem like a good solution, in practice, it can actually create lots of problems and it can end up be anything but fair.
While there are several factors to consider when choosing what type of entity to form, the primary function of an entity is asset protection. Business owners want to protect their personal assets from the liabilities of the business operations. But there is another form of liability that business owners should be aware of that could have an even more devastating effect if not protected against.
People often put off their estate planning because they think that it is expensive. But there is a simple strategy that costs nothing and can save you thousands of dollars. It supersedes all other estate planning and even avoids probate. Failure to implement this strategy correctly, however, could end up costing you thousands.
When people think of estate planning, they typically think of who is going to get their stuff when they're gone. While the transfer of assets at death is an important concern, the essence of estate planning about preserving your right to make decisions regarding your care, your children, and your assets, when you can't.
Previously, we talked about common mistakes when naming beneficiaries for your life insurance policy. These mistakes included naming beneficiaries who are minors, incapacitated, receiving government benefits, spendthrifts, or high-risk.
Life insurance is one of the largest assets in a person's estate, so who you designate as the beneficiary of the policy is a major decision (especially since this designation controls over what your will or trust say).