Why should you plan your estate?

-You should plan so your wishes are carried out. 

-If you do not plan, the state plans for you.

-You are able to remove the burden from your family during a sensitive time. 

-Having a will allows you to decide who receives what property.

-If you have minor children, you can nominate their guardians.

-You can choose who will collect and manage your assets, pay your debts, expenses, and any taxes due.  Then with approval by the court, the executor distributes your assets to your beneficiaries. 

-It is cheaper.  In a will, you can waive bond and other fees that are associated with probating an estate.



Common Definitions:

Testator-person who makes a will 

Executor-person named in will to carry out provisions listed in will 

Beneficiary-one who is chosen to benefit from the will 

Trustee-one who holds property in a trust for the benefit of another and owes a duty to the beneficiary.

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What is a will?

*A will is a legal document, drafted, and executed in accordance with state law; it becomes irrevocable at your death.  

*A will lets you determine who receives your property. 

*If you do not have a will, the state determines who receives your property.

*You must review your will annually or upon any big event in your life (birth, death, marriage, divorce).



What is an Advance Healthcare Directive?

-A document formerly known as a living will. 

-It allows you to name a person to act on your behalf regarding your medical.

-It allows you to express your wishes about life sustaining care and other medical issues such as organ donation and funeral options.