It may be time to contact your estate planning attorney if it has been a while since you updated (or reviewed) your estate plan. Experts recommend updating your estate plan every three to five years—whether changing beneficiary designations or updating estate planning documents—to keep it relevant and legally enforceable. Even though estate planning can sometimes be uncomfortable as some do not like discussing their own mortality, your estate plan must reflect the most up-to-date information available. At Hegwood Law Group, we are available to help you plan your estate. Our team is composed of compassionate, honest, and well-informed attorneys that can make updating your estate plan simple. If you want to protect your assets and plan for contingencies, keeping your estate plan updated is essential.
In addition to updating your estate every three to five years, it is also important to update your plan after significant life events.
Some of these major life changes include:
The biggest reason people opt to update their estate planning is that they want to change their beneficiaries. If you want to change beneficiaries or remove a beneficiary, it is essential to make sure it is reflected in your entire estate plan. You need to ensure there is no difference or confusion between beneficiaries on your estate plan and specific beneficiary documents, such as life insurance or retirement plans. If any listed beneficiaries have passed away before you, it is important to update your estate plan to reflect this change. If you do not take this step, your intended beneficiaries may undergo a lengthy and sometimes contested probate process to get the assets you intended.
Your estate plan is made up of many parts and documents.
To truly update your estate, you must update all of the following documents:
A comprehensive estate plan may also include a revocable living trust. A living trust allows someone to take ownership of your assets while you are still alive and distributes them to your beneficiaries after your death.
With this type of trust, you would still be able to manage your assets while living.
Hegwood Law Group consists of experienced attorneys who take pride in establishing personalized estate plans tailored to every client’s unique situation. From creating or updating your will or helping to establish trusts, we are here to help with all aspects of your legacy estate plan. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our client’s needs. From our conveniently located Houston, Texas, area offices, we provide dedicated services in estate planning, probate, guardianship, special needs, and elder law. So, contact us today for a complimentary strategy session. We can’t wait to help you update your estate plan.
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