Estate Planning 101
From Avoiding Probate and Assessing Assets to Establishing Directives and Understanding Taxes, Your Essential Primer to Estate Planning
Hardcover – Available August 3, 2021 – Adams Media (Adams 101)
by Vicki Cook (Author), Amy Blacklock (Author)
Discover the ins and outs of planning your own or your loved one’s last wishes with this easy-to-understand guide to estate planning. Estate Planning 101 offers you instructions, checklists, and resources to help you plan and keep you organized for whatever life throws your way.
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Estate Planning 101 Introduction
Estate planning means different things to different people. For some, it may involve complex healthcare plans and extensive planning for distributing various types of property. For others with fewer assets, it may be simpler. But in either case, estate planning is a necessary part of your life. Estate planning, at its simplest, means deciding what assets you have and what will happen to them when you pass on. It’s a way of determining the kind of future you want to give your loved ones.
Estate Planning 101 will help you learn the ins and outs of this process. You’ll know who’s involved each step of the way, what decisions you must make, when to make changes, where you can store documents, and why particular circumstances may impact your planning. You’ll also understand the importance of communicating your plan to others and how to go about doing so.
This book will help you create a safeguard for those you leave behind. By helping you plan your estate, it’ll help you to determine who gets your property and who’ll be the guardian of your kids. Estate planning also protects you and your finances, plus your right to make decisions and control your assets during your lifetime and when you die. Essential estate planning paperwork includes a living will, financial and healthcare power-of-attorney documents, and a last will and testament. You may decide to complete certain forms on your own, or you may seek out the help of an estate planning attorney. Either way, the entries in the book will help guide you on the best path.
Additionally, Estate Planning 101 will enable you to look beyond your estate and strategize for retirement, taxes, emergencies, end-of-life arrangements, and the legacy you want to leave behind. This book will help you determine if what you’re doing today aligns with what you want your future to hold. By the time you finish, not only will you know the steps to take, but you’ll have the ability to reflect and clarify how your vision will impact your plans.
With this knowledge, you can take action and begin creating your estate planning documents. You may choose to start with just essential medical documents and a will and build the rest of your estate plan over time. Or you may be motivated to tackle the job now and develop a more comprehensive plan right away. Either way, you can use Estate Planning 101 to help guide you in building a solid foundation for your estate. With it by your side, you create a robust and complete estate planning path to help you and your loved ones secure your future.
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Along with the legal documents of your estate plan, the In Case of Emergency Binder can help you ensure your family and friends will have the information and resources they need should an unfortunate event occur.
The ICE Binder is a 1downloadable PDF that provides a fantastic way for you to organize your personal and financial information so you, your family, or friends can quickly access it in times of emergency.