Already Retired Protecting Your Assets

A basic estate plan is all many people need to ensure that their affairs are in order. At the very least, you should ensure you have the following documents assembled and kept updated.

Will: Legally enforceable, this is a declaration of how you wish your property to be distributed after your death.

Power of Attorney (POA): A legal document designating someone of your choosing to act on your behalf in specified legal or financial matters, particularly if you're unable to do so yourself.

Living Will: Sometimes referred to as a Healthcare Proxy or Medical POA, this written statement details your medical treatment wishes in the event that you're unable to express informed consent.

Trust: An agreement in which assets are transferred from a grantor to a trustee for the purpose of benefiting one or more beneficiaries.

A great first step to the estate planning process is to take inventory of all your assets, including investments, retirement savings, insurance policies, real estate and business interests. Next, determine:

  1. Whom do you want to inherit your assets?
  2. Whom do you want handling your financial affairs in the event you're incapacitated?
  3. Whom do you want making medical decisions on your behalf?

Identifying the people you want to fulfill these roles and discussing your estate plans with them and any other potential heirs gives you peace of mind and prevents disputes and confusion down the road.

The bottom line: everyone needs to plan for when they're gone. Dying intestate, or without a will, is costly to your heirs and gives you no say in how your assets are dispersed or managed.

Working with a financial advisor can help you sort through the options and create a comprehensive estate plan that meets your needs.

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