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Secure Your Legacy: The Importance of Estate Planning

Wealth Management • Apr 16, 2024 12:01:40 PM • Lamont Brown MBA, CFP®

Only 34 percent of Americans have created an estate plan according to an AARP article titled "8 Common Estate Planning Mistakes". For most estate planning is not something on the top of their mind, but its significance cannot be overlooked. Whether you're young or old, wealthy or modest in assets, having a plan in place for your estate is crucial. Let's explore why estate planning matters and how it can shape your financial future.

You've Worked Hard 

Throughout your life you've accumulated assets and have built wealth and an estate plan can do more than just decide who get's what when you die. An estate plan can decide who can manage your finances if you are unable to due to absence or incapacity. It can designate who makes the decisions about your medical care if you are unable in the end. Estate planning documents help to ensure that your loved ones are taken care if you can not. Finally, a proper estate plan can potentially help to reduce taxes.  So having an estate plan can determine more than who gets what when you are gone and determine the quality of your life while you are living.  

Estate Planning is About Preserving Your Wishes

Estate planning isn't just about distributing assets—it's about preserving your legacy and providing for your family's future.  By taking proactive steps to build an estate plan, you can potentially minimize the tax burden on your estate, avoid the lengthy and costly probate process, and ensure that your assets are distributed as you desire. Imagine knowing your loved ones will be provided for and your legacy will endure.

Take Control of Your Estate Plan

Building an estate plan starts with taking an inventory of your important relationships for potential needs and accounting for your financial resources.  First, detail all of your important relationships, consider parents, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and the role you'd like to play in their lives during your life and after your death.  Further, consider what role you'd like them to play in your life. Next, gather all relevant financial documents and make a list of your assets and liabilities. Finally, consult an experienced estate planning attorney who can guide you through the process and help you create a comprehensive plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. From drafting a will and establishing trusts to naming beneficiaries and assigning power of attorney, there are numerous tools and strategies available to help you secure your legacy.

Not Just One-And-Done

Estate planning isn't a one-and-done task—it's an ongoing process that requires regular review and updates as your circumstances change. Marriage, divorce, births, deaths, and changes in financial status are all events that may necessitate revisions to your estate plan. By staying proactive and keeping your plan up to date, you can ensure that it continues to reflect your wishes and serves its intended purpose.

Don't Overlook Your Estate Plan

In conclusion, estate planning is a vital component of financial planning that should not be overlooked. Whether you're young or old, wealthy or modest in assets, taking the time to create a comprehensive estate plan can provide confidence and security for you and your loved ones. So, don't wait until it's too late—take action now to secure your legacy and shape your financial future.

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Lamont Brown MBA, CFP®

Principal Wealth Advisor