You may have spent the time and effort to properly set up an estate plan to protect your hard-earned assets with a Living Trust. As life goes on, things change. One of the things you may have done is moved. Whether you moved out of state or out of the area, you may have wondered what happens to your Living Trust.
Are you planning on going on vacation this summer? While having your estate planning affairs in order is always a good idea, if you plan on traveling this summer, it is absolutely essential to be sure that they're in order should anything happen to you while you are away.Here is a quick checklist of estate planning documents that you should be sure have been recently prepared, reviewed or updated before you travel.
Many people worry about how their passing will impact their loved ones. For those who have children with special needs, ensuring their child’s financial security often becomes an additional worry.
If you have a high school senior in your home, then you are probably gearing up for a major event this month - - graduation! This summer will be a period of transition for your entire family. Whether your graduating senior is headed off to college in the fall or choosing a different life path, it still is a period of transition as your teenage child may be turning 18 (or perhaps already has turned 18!).And if you already didn't feel like you have lost some control of your child's life during their teenage years, when he or she turns 18, this will become legally true. This is when your child will be legally considered an adult and you, as parents, will lose certain rights you once had before.When most people think of estate planning, they typically associate it with something that you do when you are older or when you have money. However, when your child (or grandchild) turns 18 years old, they legally are given the right to govern their own life. This means that you, as a parent, lose your access to your child's financial, educational and medical information. This is great provided all is well and fine, but as life would have it, there are circumstances that a parent of an 18-year-old child would never even think about needing to go through that could happen. And that's what estate planning is all about. It is a means of handling situations that could happen.Below are two must-have estate planning documents that we recommend to every client of ours with an adult child (or grandchild):