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Health proxy can play pivotal role in estate planning

We all make plans for the future. If you have ever engaged in or thought about estate planning, then you may think that it involves deciding how assets will be protected and distributed upon your death. While you're not incorrect in that form of thinking, estate planning can encompass a broader area. One major issue that should not be neglected in an estate plan is your healthcare. By creating certain health directives, you can ensure that your wishes regarding your medical care will be abided by when you are unable to make decisions on your own.

When can my will be challenged?

Planning for the future can be complex and multifaceted. If you are thinking about estate planning, then you have a lot to consider. The law provides a variety of ways you can protect your assets during your life and even after your passing. The legal route you take to distribute your assets is completely up to you, but it will likely depend on your wishes with regard to whom you want to leave your assets and how you want to bequeath them. Although many Illinois and Indiana residents choose wills as a way to create a distribution plan, one thing they don't want is a contested will.

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Preparing for the future is something that we should all do, but many of us fail to do adequately. There may be a few reasons for this. First, many of us keep telling ourselves that we have time to prepare for the future. The problem is that we keep telling ourselves that until, eventually, we are out of time. The second reason we put off planning for the future is that we are afraid of what we must confront. This may be especially true when it comes to estate planning, as most of us don't want to think about the end of life.

What is a power of attorney?

It is not always easy to plan for the future. Estate planning can be a complicated endeavor. First, one must confront his or her own mortality, which is never an easy thing to do. Second, the process itself can seem overwhelming, as the number of estate planning tools can seem limitless. To create a strong estate plan, though, Illinois and Indiana residents don't have to go at it alone. Instead, they can find assistance from a skilled estate planning attorney, who can walk an individual through the process and develop a plan that meets that individual's needs.

Women may see estate planning through a different lens

Many of us think that we have plenty of time to focus on our retirement. While this may be true for some, many Illinois residents wait far too long before implementing a plan that protects their financial security in the future. The same holds true for estate planning. In most instances, individuals hold off on estate planning because they hate the idea of confronting their own mortality. For others, again, they feel like they have plenty of time to address the issue. Yet, estate planning is something that should be done early and updated often.

What types of trusts can be created in an estate plan?

Estate planning is critical for anyone who hopes to pass assets to beneficiaries. Without an estate plan, one's possessions and cash may be distributed in a fashion that doesn't suit their desires. Yet, even those who know this truth find it difficult to proceed with planning. One reason is that they are afraid to think about passing on, but another reasons is because they are unfamiliar with what makes up an estate plan and how it can prove beneficial. This week we will look at trusts as part of the estate plan.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's estate planning mistakes

Planning for death is difficult for most people, as very few of us want to think about our own mortality. Yet, planning for the distribution of your assets can be a great way to put your mind at ease and ensure that your beneficiaries are recipient to whatever property you want to leave to them. Without proper estate planning or errant planning, your estate could wind up facing delays, excessive costs and distribution that completely goes against your wishes.

Why should one consider creating a will?

Very few, if any, of us like to think about death. Instead, we want to focus on the life that we're living, putting our full effort into living in the moment. Yet, death will find us all. Although we don't have control over that fact, we can control what will happen to our assets upon our passing. Estate planning can not only provide an individual with peace of mind, but it can also ensure that his or her beneficiaries receive what he or she wants them to receive without the matter being contested in court.

Estate planning and accounting for digital assets

Drafting estate planning documents in Illinois is something that everyone must consider. Numerous family disputes have erupted over the failure to take out these essential documents. However, for those who do take the time and follow the necessary steps to adequately plan, it is easy to forget certain aspects. While there are certain aspects such as a home, bank accounts and other assets that will come to the forefront, that does not mean other issues should be ignored. One such issue is digital assets.

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