As we head into the peak of wedding season, if you are a newlywed or are about to tie the knot, add "estate planning" to your do list. And yes, we imagine that at this happiest time of your life, planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death is probably the farthest thing from your mind right now, but getting it handled as part of your wedding planning is the greatest gift you can give your soon-to-be spouse.
Planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death, regardless of your financial status, is something that you should take care of immediately, especially when you have children. While Aretha lived a relatively long life, you'll never know when tragedy may strike, and through diligent estate planning, you can save your family from the needless disputes, expense, and embarrassing public exposure the late singer's loved ones are currently enduring.
A last will and testament is the most commonly thought-of document when it comes to an estate plan. But really, it's only a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of court and out of conflict if and when something happens to you. Do not think you can just write your own will that will help your family, especially when you plan on creating it online. If you need help in getting started, consult with Personal Family Lawyer® that will help you through the process.
Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” whose earnings are worth $80 million, died from pancreatic cancer at age 76. Yet, due to poor estate planning, her children have yet to see a dime of their inheritance, and what they ultimately receive will be significantly depleted by back taxes. Also, it’s still not clear whether or not Aretha ever had a valid will. Her story shows how destructive poor estate planning can be for the loved ones we leave behind.
A Lifetime Asset Protection Trust is a unique estate planning vehicle specifically designed to protect your children's inheritance from unfortunate life events. The sudden death of a Legendary host, Larry King, became controversial because of not using Lifetime Asset Protection Trust to distribute his assets to his children upon his death. His story demonstrates that do-it-yourself planning can have terrible consequences for your loved ones - even worse than if you had no estate plan at all.
Setting up an estate plan is the best way to preserve wealth, but without a proper update of your estate can lead to misunderstanding and conflict that will make your assets tied up in the court instead of passing it to your family. This is what happened to the legendary tv and radio host, Larry King, who passed away this year, leaving his current family and children from his previous marriage in a legal battle over his estate because of not updating his estate plan.
Having an estate plan is one of the best things you can do for your family to ensure your wishes are carried out in the future. However, estate planning is not a one-and-done type of deal. Because if it’s not updated regularly when your wealth, family status, or laws change. Then your plan will be meaningless - it can create its own set of problems that can leave your family worse off than if you’d never created a plan at all.
Good record-keeping definitely isn't the flashiest or most exciting part of your business. It's tiresome to dig around dozens of files for several years: information to complete your taxes, get access to capital, or defend your assets, if necessary. But having complete records is crucial if you ever end up in a lawsuit, you need to be able to prove to anyone who files suit against you that the "corporate veil" is in place. Here's what you need to make sure your records are kept in order.