Your estate plan — like your car — needs a tune-up occasionally.
If you don’t get that tune-up, either your estate planning goals may not be met, and/or you may be paying hundreds — if not thousands — more for legal services and/or other costs than would have been the case if you had timely asked a lawyer to review your estate plan and suggest necessary adjustments based on current laws and your current goals. » Read more..
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Your beneficiary designations should be checked every time your situation changes because the beneficiary designations trump anything that you state in your Will or Trust.
Married? Divorced? Chances are you either want to add your new spouse, or delete the ex-spouse as your beneficiary. Don’t delay. An ex-spouse can collect your life insurance benefits at your death if he or she is still named as your beneficiary. » Read more..
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Suppose that your Will states that all of your three children are to inherit your assets equally. Suppose also that the beneficiary designation on your life insurance policy only lists two of your children as beneficiaries because your third one had not been born at the time that you filled out the form years ago.
What happens? » Read more..
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Hiring a Minnesota estate planning lawyer to draft legal documents to provide for your heirs is only the first step to ensure that your property is distributed as you desire after your death. You still need to ensure that your property is titled in such a way as to take full advantage of your Will and/or Trust.
And, while you’re at it, review your beneficiary designations because some assets override any language in your Will or Trust documents and pass to whomever you named as the beneficiary. For example, life insurance proceeds and retirement benefits are paid to your designated beneficiary. Similarly, bank accounts designated as Payable on Death (also known as P.O.D. accounts), and securities accounts designated as Transfer on Death (also known as T.O.D. accounts) also transfer to whomever you named as beneficiaries. » Read more..
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