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Do You Need Estate Planning?

If you are considering the creation of an estate plan, your first important decision will be to determine whether or not you even need estate planning. It may be best to start by understanding the many reasons why you might need an estate plan and what adverse and unexpected consequences may result if you wait too long. We have written a few short articles highlighting the need for quality estate planning on such diverse issues as your Plan of Distribution, the Cost of Probate, the Inconvenience of Probate, Probate in Another State, Guardians For Minor Children, Conservatorship Over Minor Children’s Inheritance, Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial Affairs, Health Care Directives or Living Wills, Out-of-State Representatives, Your Privacy, Business Ownership Interests, Federal Estate and Gift Taxes, Tax-Free Gifts, and the Zero Tax Plan. Please see the article below entitled “Do You Need Estate Planning?” You will find these short articles of great benefit and encouragement in your decision whether or not to plan your estate.


Once you have decided that you need estate planning services, we will meet with you and make specific recommendations as to the structure and content of your estate plan. We will describe in great detail each document we recommend, so that you will fully understand how it fits into your overall plan and what is accomplishes for you. In order to assist you in understanding the many new concepts you will face in creating an estate plan, we have written longer articles describing many facets of estate planning, including Probate Estates, Last Will and Testaments, Revocable Trusts, Joint Tenancies, Beneficiary Designations, Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Anatomical Gifts, Guardians and Conservators, and the Need to Review Your Estate Plan from Time to Time. Please see the Table of Contents.

However, please understand that we make these resources available to you only for introductory informational and educational purposes. In and of themselves, these materials are insufficient to guide you in making wise legal decisions. You need the help of a good estate planning lawyer and accountant to apply the information contained in these resource materials to your particular situation. Therefore, you should not act or refrain from acting based solely upon this information, but seek competent legal and accounting advice before making any legal decisions regarding your estate plan. These materials constitute neither legal advice nor an offer to represent you. With that in mind, please read on.