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Estate planning and overcoming commonly cited obstacles

Posted by Rob Levengood | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is a vital part of being prepared for the future. Pennsylvanians undoubtedly understand this, but there are certain times when there is a reluctance to move forward with the process. There are common reasons a person might avoid taking the next step in crafting an estate plan. Facing these concerns and overcoming them is key.

Although there will be differences in the details of an estate plan, getting beyond basic obstacles to creating one is essential. Thinking about mortality can be scary. Some might prefer to dismiss the topic entirely. Still, that does not prevent the inevitable, and failure to plan can have a negative impact on loved ones. When discussing these matters with a spouse, children and grandchildren, being sensitive can make it easier to prepare.

Assets must be accounted for when forming an estate plan. This is true whether the person has significant assets or a lesser amount. Creating lists detailing physical and financial assets and then categorizing them is a sound strategy for being organized and having a solid estate plan. Determining which heirs will receive what properties can be difficult, but it is necessary. This can be the foundation for dispute, so various aspects such as untimely deaths, divorces and remarriages should be considered.

A frequent worry about an estate plan is how much it will cost. Before deciding not to craft these vital documents, it is wise to think about the problems loved ones will face if there is no estate plan. In that context, the cost of the estate plan is negligible. A law firm experienced in all areas of estate planning may provide guidance and advice on a litany of issues to ensure the plan suits the needs of the person and the family.

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