Know that no matter how poor or rich your parents are, they must have an estate plan in place because their affairs will affect you and become your responsibility if they become incapacitated or die. Their estate plan ensures that their assets will be distributed to their heirs according to their personal wishes, no matter how much or how little they can be. If you do not know whether or not your parents have an estate plan in place that will help you best support them, read on!
Today, It’s critically important to have the appropriate safeguards in place to reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft, especially for your senior parents. Because your parents are unlikely to be as savvy about digital technology and may be losing some of their powers of discernment as they age, it will almost certainly be up to you to help them in protecting themselves—and ultimately, your inheritance.
If you're looking to collect life insurance proceeds as the policy's beneficiary, the process is fairly simple. However, during the emotional period immediately following a loved one's death, it could feel as if your entire world is falling apart, so it's helpful to understand what steps you need to take to access the insurance funds as quickly and easily as possible.
The DIY approach might be a good idea if you're looking to build a new deck for your backyard, but when it comes to estate planning, it's actually one of the worst choices you can make. Are you really willing to put your family's well-being and wealth at risk just to save a few bucks? Don't wait that these mistakes won't be discovered until you're gone. Here, we wrap up the list with the remaining five mistakes your family can't afford to make.
If you're like many homeowners, your home is likely your family's most valuable and treasured asset. In light of this, you want to plan wisely to ensure your home will pass to your heirs in the most efficient and safe manner possible when you die or in the event you become incapacitated. That's why it's a much responsible way to include your home into your estate plan. But before you do that, make sure to identify the best estate planning strategies when passing your home to your loved ones.
Don't let what happened to Bob Ross's family happen to yours. If you own a business, it's crucial to put in place an effective estate plan and should be properly coordinated with your business agreements to ensure that all of your wealth and assets will be passed on to your loved ones in the event of your death or incapacity. Failure to do this could lead them in the same situation as Bob's son, Steve, who's left with nothing, while the business built by his father continues to earn every year.
Bob Ross's philosophy in both painting and life was that there "were no mistakes in life… just happy little accidents." Sadly, as detailed in the recent Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, Bob's failure to coordinate his business agreements with his estate plan was anything but happy, leaving his only son unable to benefit from his father's fame and fortune. His planning failures have led to an ugly court battle between his former business partners and his family.
If you are a single parent, life for you right now probably couldn't get any busier. You are likely being pulled between work, school activities, and home - and the inevitable emergencies that fill the lives of single parents everywhere. It's a huge responsibility, even if you do share time with a parenting partner, and especially so if you don't. Regardless, as a single parent, your children's lives are now largely in your hands, and the best way to protect them is through estate planning.
Giving donations to a charitable cause is a noble act of kindness. And you are also likely well aware that as with donating to charity during your lifetime, dedicating a portion of your estate to a charitable cause can reduce the taxable value of your estate. But it doesn’t end here. You may be surprised to learn about the numerous benefits available when you incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan. Learn more here!
Estate planning is an obvious concern for all parents, especially when having a child with special needs. It's important that you are aware of the unique considerations to go into planning and understand the necessary things you need to provide to your child - emotionally, physically, and financially, especially in the event of your eventual death or incapacity. But the first and most critical decision you need to make is to ensure your child's future well-being by appointing legal guardians.