As a parent, you're likely hoping to leave your children an inheritance, and doing so maybe one of the primary factors motivating your life's work. But without taking the proper precautions, the wealth you pass on is at serious risk of being accidentally lost or squandered due to common life events, such as divorce, serious debt, devastating illness, and unfortunate accidents.
While a will is a necessary part of most estate plans, your will is typically a very small part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will alone cannot guarantee that your family will not go to court if you become incapacitated or when you die. If you want to learn why? Here are the things you should not expect your will to accomplish!
If you dream of leaving your company to your family one day, but you haven’t properly included your business in your estate plan, that dream could become a nightmare for your heirs—and your partners, team members, and clients, too. Without a proper estate plan, the business you worked so hard to build could be in serious jeopardy when something happens to you.
These days, more and more young people are delaying—if not totally foregoing—a life that involves marriage and parenting. The lack of jobs, crushing student debt, multiple recessions, and the pandemic have pushed many young people into a life path that leaves little room for getting married—and even less room for having children. If you're single with no children, you might think there's no need to worry about creating an estate plan. But this is a huge mistake.
Smaller items, like family heirlooms and keepsakes, which may not have a high dollar value, frequently have the most sentimental value for our family members. But for some reason, these personal possessions are often not specifically accounted for in wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. To ensure your heirlooms and keepsakes don’t create unnecessary conflicts among your heirs, ensure that your estate plan includes all of your assets, especially your family heirlooms and keepsakes.
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.
Although married same-gender couples are now enjoying nearly all of the same rights as opposite-gender couples, there is still one key right that’s still up in the air—the automatic right to be legal parents. While parental rights are automatically bestowed upon the biological parent, the non-biological spouse/parent still faces a number of challenges when it comes to obtaining full parental rights. Luckily, same-gender couples do have an alternative to adoption—estate planning.
Although same-gender marriage is legally recognized in all 50 states, long-held prejudice at both political and family levels continues to create complications for married and unmarried same-gender couples. With this, especially if you're a member LGBTQ+ community, estate planning is even more critical for you and your beloved to ensure that they will be protected and provided for in the event of your death or incapacity.
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.
Because estate planning involves actively thinking about and planning for frightening topics like death, old age, and crippling disability, many people put it off or ignore it together until it’s too late. Sadly, this unwillingness to face reality often creates serious hardship, expense, and trauma for those loved ones you leave behind, especially since estate planning is definitely not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.