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Don’t make it harder for your heirs when you die

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2022 | Estate Planning |

All adults must ensure they get their estate plans in order so their loved ones can get the assets that are intended. There are several mistakes that might be made when you’re making the plan. Ensuring you don’t make any of these is crucial. 

Mistakes can cost the heirs and beneficiaries money and time. It can make the process much more difficult after you pass away, and they’re already dealing with the loss so any added stress will make it more challenging.

Don’t include everything in the will

There are many tools you can use in the estate planning process that can get your assets to your loved ones. Most people think about a will when they want to hand things down. What they might not realize is that this is one of the worst ways to pass down assets. The will has to go through the probate process, which can take time. It also doesn’t allow for any privacy in what the person is getting. 

Don’t add heirs to titles or deeds

Some people think that their loved ones will get assets faster if they add the person’s name as an owner on a deed or title. This can create several problems, one of which is that it opens the door for creditors to stake a claim on the asset during your lifetime. There are also tax implications for transferring property in this manner. 

Creating your estate plan is a crucial task for any adult. You must ensure the plan makes it as easy as possible for your assets to go to the intended beneficiaries and heirs. Working with someone who’s familiar with the laws can make this easier and a bit more stress-free for you.