Planning For A Secure Future

Estate planning mistakes you should dodge

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Estate Planning

Estate planning is like setting up a safety net for your California loved ones after you are gone. It ensures your assets go where you want them to. However, some common mistakes can mess up these plans. Let us look at what they are and how to avoid them.

Not having an estate plan

The biggest mistake is not having an estate plan at all. Some people think they do not have enough assets to need one, or they just put it off for later. But without a plan, the state decides what happens to your assets, and it might not be what you would have wanted. Starting the estate planning process early and updating your plan as things change in your life is key.

Forgetting to update your plan

Life changes, like marriage, divorce, the birth of children, or the death of a family member, can affect your estate plan. It is important to review and update your documents regularly to reflect these changes. An outdated plan can lead to unwanted outcomes and cause your assets to go to the wrong people or be distributed improperly.

Not planning for disability

Estate planning is not just about what happens after you die. It is also about what happens if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. Include a durable power of attorney and a healthcare directive in your plan. These documents allow someone you trust to manage your affairs and make healthcare decisions if you cannot.

Choosing the wrong executor

The executor of your will is responsible for carrying out your wishes. Picking someone who is not up for the job can cause problems. Make sure the person you choose is responsible, trustworthy, and capable of handling the tasks. Also, it is a good idea to talk to them first to make sure they are willing and able to take on the role.

Avoiding these mistakes can help make sure your estate plan does what you want. It can protect your assets, provide for your loved ones, and give you peace of mind.