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What should you include in your estate plan?

Our readers may have seen a recent post here that discussed the wide variety of options that Iowa residents may consider when it comes to putting together a comprehensive estate plan. No two plans are the same, as each will vary depending on the financial and family circumstances of each person putting a plan together. So, what should you include in your estate plan?

Know your options when it comes to estate planning

If Quad Cities residents get overwhelmed at the thought of estate planning, that is completely understandable. After all, there is a wide range of potential options when it comes to estate planning -- no two plans are the same. However, there are some common estate planning instruments to consider, and our readers would benefit if they at least understand some of their potential estate planning options.

Where to keep estate planning documents

Many of our readers in the Quad Cities who are familiar with previous posts here know how important it is to have a comprehensive estate plan. No matter their financial or family situation, almost anyone can benefit from having a plan in place for the distribution of assets after their death, naming guardians for minor children and having documents in place that name another person to make crucial decisions in the event of incapacitation. But, once one has an estate plan in place, where do they keep these important documents?

Crucial tips when it comes to estate planning

The estate planning process can seem like a mystery to many Quad Cities residents who are just getting started, but there are some crucial tips to keep in mind that can make the process less challenging. A recent news article discussed some of the tips and our readers could benefit from considering them when they begin to think about organizing their comprehensive estate plans.

Recognizing specific issues to plan for in an estate plan

When Iowa residents start to think about getting an estate plan together, they oftentimes do not know where to start. Many people feel overwhelmed with the vast array of options that could constitute a comprehensive estate plan. However, when people approach estate planning in terms of solving problems before they arise, this can make the whole process much easier. It is important to recognize specific issues to plan for when it comes to estate planning.

Making sure a will is valid

Having a valid will is key to ensuring the estate planner has an effective estate plan they can count on to ensure their wishes are fulfilled. As a result, it is important for estate planners to know what is required for a will to be valid which can vary by state so it is also essential for estate planners to know the rules in their state.

Estate planning mistakes to avoid

Estate planning is for everyone and anyone with a car, home or bank account which is why estate planners should be familiar with how estate planning works and mistakes to avoid when estate planning. Estate planning and the help of estate planning services allows estate planners to make informed decisions about their estate, maximize the value of their estate and ensure their beneficiaries are taken care of according to their wishes.

Knowing when to update an estate plan

Knowing when to update an estate plan is as important as setting up an estate plan. It is important to have key elements of an estate plan, including a will, but it is also important to update an estate plan if the estate planner experiences certain major life changes.

Trust basics and the part they play in an estate plan

Trusts are a type of estate planning tool that can come in handy in a number of ways. Wills, trusts, advance healthcare directives and powers of attorney are all estate planning tools that estate planners should consider when considering the best estate plan for them.

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