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Who Benefits from Good Estate Planning
Written By : Julia McBride 
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Inheritance and estate planning is a touchy subject for many people, but with the proper knowledge and education on the subject it does not need to be. For many, the problem lies in the tension that can come from the distribution of an estate which has not been properly planned-for; a little bit of planning can alleviate the stress and allow for the entire process to run more smoothly.

Perhaps you are wondering if you even need to engage in planning your estate - this is a great question to ask. Through estate planning you can establish how and when your assets will be distributed and how and by whom your personal care should be managed if you become incapacitated. Good estate planning is more than simply writing a will - it can be a very in-depth process, but with the proper information it can be extremely beneficial.

The truth is that almost everyone could benefit from estate planning, regardless of whether your estate is large or small. If you do not create a plan, a judge will simply assign someone to manage your assets and your medical care - wouldn't you rather decide who that person is? Your estate includes all of your assets from money to real estate and furniture. In short, your estate includes everything you hold to your name and you should take seriously the responsibility of managing its distribution.

A will is an important facet of estate planning - it is the legal document which names the individuals or organizations who will receive your assets upon your death and it nominates an executor to manage your estate. Many people choose their spouse as their executor, or perhaps an adult child or other relative. An executor does not need any special training; they simply need to be responsible, honest, and organized.

Planning an estate can seem like a very complicated process, but it is well worth it if it means that your family will be provided for in your passing. By engaging in good estate planning, you can ensure that your family receives what they deserve and you can even give them gifts tax-free under certain circumstances. Properly planning your estate may be one of the most important things you can do for your family before you leave them and they will be forever appreciative of both you and what you have done for them.

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