A comprehensive and detailed estate plan would be meaningless if it cannot be accessed quickly during emergencies. That is why, it is convenient to have a go-bag to place in your estate documents and other essentials. This is especially true with the current pandemic filling hospitals to the brim. Unexpected events can occur anytime—you or a loved one could get hospitalized alone. Without immediate access to the plan, important medical decisions might be delayed to your family's detriment.
The last will and testament laws vary from state to state and so, the validity of your will depends on where you live when you die. Your will is a part of your legal documents, a baseline foundation of your estate plan that can ensure your wishes are respected by the people you love when you die. However, it may not be enough to protect your wishes as it does not keep your assets out of court and does not operate in the event of your incapacity. Moreover, it is useless if it is not legally valid
Businesses are now reopening despite the uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a business owner, one of the most important factors to include in your reopening strategy will be the customer and employee confidence. You're now in a critical role in managing new and unprecedented concerns - finding ways to allow your business to function without compromising the health of your employees and customers. These important objectives can help you navigate your business in the new normal.
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.
We are always at risk of becoming incapacitated or deceased — even when there is not the coronavirus seemingly taking over the world by infecting and killing thousands of people. While now is a good time to ensure your estate planning documents in place and up-to-date, I should note that it is always a good time to make sure this important task is completed to ensure that your wishes are honored in the event of your incapacity and that your kids and loved ones are protected.
Planning for retirement is the best way to make sure that you are financially stable in the future when you won’t be earning an income. This planning includes more than putting aside a certain amount every month, it is more about figuring out how much to save depending on many different factors in your life such as the economy or medical emergencies. Here are some of the most important factors to consider when planning for retirement.