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Estate planning: Consider planning for minor children

Once you have children, your focus shifts from you to them. While new parents make many plans for their kids, one plan might not have been considered yet - an estate plan. You need to think about what you want to happen with your children when you pass away so that you can take steps now to make this happen. You might be surprised at some of the things that you need to consider.

Changes in circumstances that should start an estate plan review

One concern that some individuals have when they are creating an estate plan is what will happen if things change with their situation. The good news is that with the exception of an irrevocable trust, it is fairly easy to change the estate plan as necessary. Whether you have already set your estate plan or are working on it now, you should know some of the situations that might signal you need to look at the terms of it to ensure that it still reflects your wishes.

Including charities in your estate plan should be done early

Many people focus on what they want to leave to their family members when they pass away. This is a good thing to do, but there are some individuals who look at other options for their estate. Sometimes, the person might want to hand some money or assets over to a charity that can help others with it. If you are going to do this when you pass away, now is the time to get your estate plan in place.

Customize your estate plan to meet your goals

Creating an estate plan can be a challenge for many people. This isn't because it is a hard thing to do. It is because it can be difficult to decide who gets what. You don't want your heirs to think that you are favoring one person over another, but you want to make sure that everything you are handing down is handled responsibly.

Making lists might help you create your estate plan

Estate plans aren't something that you can do in a hurry and then forget about them. Instead, you need to be able to think about how you are setting everything up. Typically, your will should be the cornerstone of the plan. This outlines who is going to get which assets that you have. On top of this, you should also ensure that you have other necessary components handled correctly.

Are there certain things that a power of attorney can't include?

When people think of some types of contracts like prenuptial agreements or power of attorneys (POAs), they often get the impression that they can include virtually anything in them. They often think that so long as the person drafting it or agreeing to the terms is willing to sign it, it will seen as legally enforceable. This is far from the case, though.

Estate planning isn't limited only to the wealthy

You can't think of an estate plan as something that only applies to wealthy people. Instead, you need to look at your circumstances and find out how an estate plan might benefit your needs. You need to look at the totality of the situation to determine what estate plan components you need.

These life events should lead to a review of your will

One of the greatest mistakes that many people make is they assume that estate planning is only meant for people with a vast amount of wealth. But to the contrary, estate planning is something that everyone should engage in as early as possible in their life. The decisions you can make in your estate plan are crucial, and any wealth that you have -- no matter how "small" it may seem to you -- should be protected.

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