One area that is particularly critical to get right is estate preparation and the protection of your loved ones from the unexpected. Proper estate preparation is an act of love and responsibility to those you care about.
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not just for the wealthy. In fact, estate planning can save you heartache and legal fees down the road.
Having the necessary estate planning documents, such as Durable Power of Attorney, is important regardless of your wealth. For example, if your partner has an IRA and becomes incapacitated, you will not be able to access the account without an executed Power of Attorney. Barring this, the only other avenue is obtaining conservatorship for your spouse through the court system, which can be very costly and time consuming. Watermark Wealth Strategies helps clients establish trusts, which not only address this issue, but allows for complete coordination of your estate:
Beneficiary provisions are a valuable tool for reducing the expense and time associated with transferring wealth; however, they do not replace proper estate preparation. The process of preparing your estate is critical to protecting your family and future financial affairs. Comprehensive estate planning offers an opportunity to explore your life priorities and the legacy you wish to leave.
Many Americans put off estate planning because few people like to ponder their own death – and rightfully so. Instead, think of estate planning as protecting your family from the unexpected. Though you cannot control the future, proper planning and preparation can help you focus on aspects you can control and empower you to care for your loved ones long after you’re gone.