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Estate Planning Guide and Checklist: 10 Tips to Get Started

October 25, 2021

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 60% of all Americans are without a will or other essential legal documents.  Many people think estate planning is reserved for the rich, but it’s in your best interest to plan for who you want to receive your stuff after you pass away.  Without your own legal documents, most states will make that decision for you through their intestate laws.  One of the easiest ways to make sure that all of your money goes where you want it to, is through current beneficiary designations on any account that allows this choice.  Then a will can cover anything that you own that doesn’t have a beneficiary option.

An estate plan is designed to serve as a road map for dividing assets when you pass away and how you want to handle your things if you become unable to do it yourself. You’ve spent your entire life building your estate, no matter how big or small, and it’s in your best interest to decide how you want your assets distributed after you pass away.