One of the most difficult things to do is think about the possibility we may die unexpectedly or too early, leaving our children without one of the most important people in their lives. That's why protecting your children in any way possible, including legally, would be at the top of your priority. Create a legal plan to protect your children if something happens to you. This is one of the best Father's Day gifts you can give yourself and the people you love.
If a family member or friend has asked you to serve as trustee for their trust either during their life or upon their death, it's a big honor—this means they consider you among the most honest, reliable, and responsible people they know. However, you should know that being a trustee takes a major responsibility, and the role is definitely not applicable to everyone. Here's why!
No matter how well you think you know your loved ones, it's impossible to predict exactly how they'll behave when you die or become incapacitated. No one wants to believe that their family members would ever end up fighting one another in court over inheritance issues, but the fact is, we see it all the time. The best way to deal with estate planning disputes is to do everything possible to prevent family conflicts from making sure they never occur in the first place.
Most people immediately think of taking legal steps to ensure the right people inherit their stuff when they die. Although that thought is not wrong, it also highlights the importance of planning for life. Planning that’s focused solely on who gets what when you die is ignoring that death isn’t the only thing you must prepare for. Consider that at some point before your eventual death, you could be incapacitated, which can drag out over many years, leaving you and your family in agonizing limbo.
When you hear the words "trust fund," do you conjure images of stately mansions and party yachts? A trust fund - or trust - is a great estate planning tool for many people with a wide range of incomes who want to accomplish a specific purpose with their money. There are many reasons to create a trust, and being rich isn't necessarily one of them. You just need to consult an estate planning attorney to help you identify the best unique strategies for you and your family.