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Avoiding estate planning mistakes

Protecting your estate is important, and there are many ways in which you can do that. Unfortunately, there are also many estate planning mistakes that can be made, and these can be very costly. These kinds of mistakes can put your future and the future of your beneficiaries at risk, and you might not even realize that you've made mistakes. Rather than take those risks, it's a much better choice to talk to an attorney who can help you set up your estate plan and make any needed changes as your situation evolves over time.

Common Estate Planning Mistakes

There are many mistakes that can be made by someone who is planning their estate, and some are more common than others. These common errors include:

  • Not having any estate plan at all
  • Not keeping your will updated
  • Not having a plan in place if you would become disabled
  • Not making gifts that will reduce estate tax
  • Putting the name of your child on the deed to your home
  • Selecting the wrong person to handle your estate when you pass away
  • Not using a life insurance trust for your life insurance policies
  • Not using the $675,000 federal exemption
  • Procrastinating on getting your affairs in order
  • Not working with a professional to meet your legal, tax, and financial needs

How Can You Prevent Estate Planning Mistakes?

Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent all of the estate planning mistakes listed above. By making sure you create a strong estate plan, and that you do so without procrastinating, you will be on the right road toward protecting your estate and your beneficiaries. You also want to be sure that you're updating your estate plan throughout the years, because the size of your estate and the needs of your beneficiaries will change over time. The more prepared you are, and the more prepared you stay, the safer your estate will be as you move through your life and prepare to leave something to your heirs.

Talk To A Lawyer To Receive A Comprehensive, Quality Estate Plan

It can seem daunting to create an estate plan, but it doesn't have to be. One of the best ways to make it easier on yourself is to speak with an attorney. That way you can work with a professional to create an estate plan that works for you and your beneficiaries. Having an attorney on your side also makes it easier when it comes to any changes that should be made to your estate plan. Those changes may come from adjustments to beneficiaries, fluctuations in what the estate comprises, or other issues, but with an attorney on your side you have the highest chance of ensuring that your estate plan is the best one possible.

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