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Estate Planning

If you are one of the many people in America who have not yet taken steps to properly prepare for their death, it’s time to pay attention!

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Estate planning is important because it will ensure that your assets go where you want them to when you pass away, while also helping your estate to avoid probate and hefty estate taxes in the process.

An estate planning lawyer can help you draft the proper documents to ensure that your wishes are carried out according to your estate plan. Here are a few things you should know about estate planning.

Introduction to Estate Planning

Chances are you have assets that could be passed on to loved ones when you die. But what should happen to those assets? Where should they go? Who should receive them? What types of documents do I need to create an estate plan that meets my specific goals for my family and values?

To answer these questions, you need to create an estate plan. Our attorneys can help with every step of the process.

Why Would I Need an Estate Plan?

If you have assets that you want to leave to your family, there are some important documents that every estate should have in place. These documents include a will, power of attorney for healthcare and property, and a trust or living trust.

Importantly, if you own real estate, or have minor children, the best estate planning tool to provide for your children and keep your home out of probate is a Trust. If you have any questions about these legal documents for your estate, contact our lawyers at 847-786-2236.

Who Can Help Me?

If you have assets to bequeath or a family to leave behind, there’s no better time than now to make a will. In fact, if you want your wishes to be fulfilled as smoothly as possible, it’s imperative that you get one in place before something happens (no matter how unlikely) that could change those wishes for you.

If you need help getting started—or just want more information about estate planning— Zeidman & Carpenter PLLC is here to help you take care of your family and your future with their expertise in wills and estate planning.

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Why Would I Need an Estate Plan?

The basic purpose of a Will is to set forth your wishes and the executor of your estate. A Will determines how your assets are distributed and who will be appointed as guardians for your children.

There are many reasons why someone might want to make their own Will, such as saving money or just being independent, but you should know that these Wills may not be valid and could cause problems for your family if something were to happen to you.

Do I Have To Change It As I Get Older?

A common question we hear from clients is whether or not they have to change their estate plan as they get older. The answer is no – in most cases. But it does depend on your unique circumstances and needs, so you should always revisit your plan every few years or so, at least.

Do you have questions about estate planning? Looking for guidance with creating your will or trust? Our attorneys are a phone call away.