Estate planning can help estate planners ensure they leave the legacy they wish to leave and that their assets go to their beneficiaries according to their wishes. As a result, estate planning is a process for everyone to carefully consider an understand.

With the use of a few estate planning tools, estate planners can develop an effective estate plan that is best for them and accomplishes their goals. It also provides important peace of mind to the estate planner and the estate planner’s family during a period of time that can be especially difficult for them. It can minimize stress, conflict, worry and anxiety for estate planners and their loved ones which is why understanding how to use estate planning tools effectively to establish an estate plan is essential.

Estate planning tools include will and trust preparation; powers of attorney if the estate planner becomes incapacitated and cannot direct their financial affairs; advance healthcare directives if the estate planner becomes incapacitated and cannot direct their medical care; Medicare and Medicaid planning; and considerations related to how the estate will be administered and probate concerns that might come up. There are important legal requirements associated with estate planning documents that estate planners should be familiar with.

Estate planning is an individualized process that evaluates assets, property, business and beneficiary concerns. The estate planning process, and trained guidance throughout, can help estate planners develop a comprehensive estate plan that is best for them and addresses the concern they and their loved ones might have.