With everything that is happening in the world—and with the volatility of the stock market and our current reality —knowing your options is vital to preserving the life and legacy of your parents. If you or your parents have a retirement account, and you're not intimately connected to how your assets are being invested, it's time to get more involved. It's the best thing to do to preserve your family's legacy.
You may think your pets are family, but the law considers them to be nothing more than personal property just like your cars, furniture, and electronic devices. In order for the law to treat your pets the way you want them to be treated, it is your responsibility to make that clear through estate planning. If you would like your pets to be taken care of properly after your death, you have to plan ahead to ensure their safety and care when you are not able to do it yourself.
Planning for natural disasters can be stressful and most of us are caught off guard and find ourselves completely unprepared when a natural disaster strikes. Yet, all do not have to be lost. Planning for the unknown can actually save you lots of money and more importantly, help protect your loved ones from harm or becoming traumatized by the ensuing chaos. Here are some simple tips that will help you prevent loss and get back on your feet should disaster strike.
Know that no matter how poor or rich your parents are, they especially must secure an estate plan because their affairs will affect you and will become your responsibility in the event they become incapacitated or die. Their estate plan ensures that their assets no matter how much or how little it can be will be distributed to their heirs according to their personal wishes. If you do not know whether or not your parents have estate planning in place that will help you best support them, read on.
It can be difficult trying to convince your elderly parents about the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine during the pandemic but with proper communication and telling them how much you care using "I" statements will help them realize your point. Be clear about why you're worried and model the way for them, even if they have not modeled the way for you in the past. Read here to learn more about how to effectively communicate with your parents and get them to stay at home.
Keeping your loved ones out of the probate court and conflict is the primary reason for establishing a living trust. It plays a major part in you and your loved one's life because it does not only keep them out of court and conflict, but it also helps educate them on your true purpose and details what your wishes are for your assets upon your demise. Read here to know if your living trust is set up the right way for the people you love.
Contrary to popular belief, creating a trust isn’t a luxury reserved only for the ultra-rich. Your desire to maintain your privacy, to protect, and have control over your assets if you are no longer able to, no matter how much they are worth does not need you to be wealthy to create your own trust fund because there are no financial minimums required for creating one. Taking this step is an option even for people living paycheck to paycheck. Read here to learn more.
At some point in life, you might not be able to make decisions for yourself due to a medical condition, and when this time comes, you should be prepared. To ensure you remain part of the decision-making process concerning your life and that the preferences for your ongoing care are respected, you'll need to have the right legal documents in place. Read here how to help you and your loved ones make these important decisions on your behalf, which you may be unable to make later in the future.
There are many things that you cannot predict but can prepare for, such as death. After your death, or even if you are disabled and unable to make decisions for yourself, you need to make sure someone, who is called your Agent, can make important decisions on your behalf. Your Agent should be someone you can trust and will carry out your wishes exactly the way you would like. Learn here the different types of agents everyone must have.
As a parent, your children are your priority and their safety is your main responsibility. In order to make sure your children are safe, even after your death, you must prepare for their care. One of the most important things to decide is who you want your children’s guardian to be if something happens to you. Here are some things to consider when deciding who that perfect person could be or even, people you would never want to leave your children with.