As you make your 2020 New Year’s resolutions, it may be the perfect time to include estate planning on that list. Since procrastination seems to be a major barrier to having an estate plan, this is one way to make it a top priority for the year.
If it seems like an overwhelming task, there is a way to break it down into smaller steps, some that can be taken even before you make an appointment with an estate planning attorney. This way you can make steady progress toward having a complete estate plan in place.
Here are some suggested estate planning resolutions:
Do a complete review of all your assets, real property, accounts and valuables. Putting together a list of all of these will help to organize your thoughts about what you actually have to include in your will or trust.
Offer to fund a ‘family’ advance health care directive or ‘living will’, where you, your spouse and children over 18 can all make decisions about their own health care decisions through an individual living will. This has the added benefit of discussing values and preferences around end of life care and treatment.
If you have questions, please contact the Estate Planning Attorneys at Shoup Legal, a Professional Law Corporation, at 951-445-4114 or visit their website at www.EstatePlanningBasics.org.