Many of us want to get going but don't know where to start. So, here are eight documents that can help you get your affairs in order. If that sounds like a lot of paperwork, don't worry: You probably won't need every one of them.
A properly planned and executed estate plan will have a few key elements and a number of important documents. So how many pieces is your plan all together? It depends upon your own estate. Regardless of your unique estate, it’s helpful to start with a basic list of documents.
There are a great number of little estate planning lists out there, and a dozen ways to list the documents you might need. That noted, MSN Money provided a helpful guide not too long ago with a helpful list of eight titled “Estate-Planning Documents You Need Right Now.”
- Last will and testament
- Revocable living trust
- Beneficiary designations
- Durable power of attorney
- Health care power of attorney and living will
- Provision for digital assets
- Letter of intent
- List of important documents
Now you might not need all of these elements. In the context of your plans, one or another may be all the more important and so all the more robust. However, these are the basics to consider as you get started.
The original article has more to say concerning each tool and some further resources besides.
Do you have unique goals, unique assets, or a unique family?
It’s very likely there is more to be done with these documents and a few useful tools besides. Whether your plan will be basic or advanced, it pays to ensure that your affairs are in order with the input and guidance of competent counsel.
Reference: MSN Money (April 18, 2014) “Estate-Planning Documents You Need Right Now”