Everyone should ensure they have an estate plan and a valid will is an important part of that. There are a variety of different benefits to having a will and estate planners and potential estate planners should be familiar with what they are.
A will provides important protections for the estate planner and their family members and loved ones. It can be especially important to protect spouses and children. A valid will can help the estate planner ensure that their assets will be distributed according to their wishes and how they want them to be distributed to their beneficiaries. A will can also help ensure minor children are cared for and, in some circumstances, that grown children are also provided for.
In addition, a valid will can also designate who will handle the estate planner's affairs and help avoid the time and cost of probate. Using a will can also help minimize estate taxes. Overall, a valid will can help avoid a variety of different legal disputes. A will and estate plan can help provide peace of mind to estate planners and their family members when it is important. It is also necessary to ensure an estate plan is updated if there are any changes in the estate planner's life.
Estate planning is an important fact of life that can be less intimidating if an estate planner knows how it can help. Estate plans can also be complex but knowing the different estate planning tools can help. Having a valid will and effective overall estate plan has many important benefits for estate planners to be familiar with.