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Who should have an estate plan?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Estate Planning

It is a common misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy or elderly. However, having an estate plan early on can help you prepare for the unexpected and protect your assets, regardless of age or financial situation.

Young professionals

If you have recently started your first professional job or embarked on a new career, now is a great time to start thinking about estate planning. Even if you do not have a family or significant assets yet, you may want to:

  • Plan for the future, including retirement and end-of-life decisions
  • Ensure your pets (dogs, cats, or other animals) are taken care of in case something happens to you
  • Designate someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated

Young adults starting their careers can use an estate plan to preserve their right to make decisions for themselves and protect their families from conflict.

Families with children

Estate planning is crucial for families with children, whether single or married. An estate plan can help you:

  • Ensure your children are cared for and their financial needs are met
  • Establish guardianship arrangements for your children in case of an emergency
  • Plan for future expenses, such as college tuition or weddings

While it may be difficult to consider a future where you cannot be there for your kids, estate planning allows you to express your enduring love and commitment to their well-being, no matter what happens.

Middle-aged and pre-retirement individuals

As you approach retirement age, estate planning becomes increasingly important. At this stage, you will want to:

  • Make sure your family is provided for in case of your passing
  • Solidify your retirement plans and ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes
  • Establish healthcare directives and appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if needed

Those nearing retirement can protect their assets and ensure a smooth transition into their golden years.

Adult children with aging parents

If you have aging parents, estate planning can help you assist them in planning for their future needs. You may want to:

  • Help them establish powers of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions
  • Discuss long-term care options and how to fund them
  • Ensure their assets are distributed according to their wishes

Estate planning can enable you to help your parents secure their legacy with integrity.

Many people put off estate planning until later in life, but the truth is that it is never too early to start. By planning now, you can adjust your estate plan to better fit your evolving needs and stay ahead of legal changes that might affect your estate.