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  • Writer's pictureLisa Campion

Why Estate Planning Matters

As the holiday frenzy has officially passed and a new year has begun, it's the perfect time to start planning for the future. One area that often gets overlooked during this transitional time of the year is estate planning. It’s not everyone’s favorite conversation but, having a well-thought-out estate plan could be the best gift of all to your family. 

Why Estate Planning Matters:

Estate planning is more than just preparing documents; it's about ensuring that your wishes are honored, and your loved ones are protected. Without a comprehensive estate plan, decisions regarding your finances, healthcare, and even the guardianship of your minor children could be left up to the legal system.

Things to Consider:

  • Wills and Trusts: Start by considering your assets. A will outlines your wishes for the distribution of your property, while trusts can provide additional flexibility and control, especially for complex estates. Let LMC Law help you by creating Wills and Trusts that align with your unique needs.

  • Powers of Attorney: Designating someone you trust to make financial decisions on your behalf is a critical aspect of estate planning. LMC Law can create a Power of Attorney that ensures your interests are protected and that the person you trust with these decisions is the one with the legal power to do so.

  • Living Wills: Detail your preferences for medical treatment and end-of-life care with a Living Will. LMC Law can assist in drafting a document that communicates your healthcare wishes clearly.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What Assets Do I Have? Take inventory of your assets, including real estate, investments, and personal property. LMC Law can help you create a plan that ensures a smooth transfer of these assets to your chosen beneficiaries.

  • Who Will Take Care of My Dependents? If you have minor children (or pets,) consider who you would like to appoint as their guardian. LMC Law can assist in formalizing this decision to ensure the well-being of your children and pets.

  • How Can I Minimize Taxes and Expenses? Estate planning can help minimize tax implications and other expenses that may arise during the probate process. LMC Law's expertise in Business Law ensures a comprehensive approach to addressing these financial considerations.

  • Have My Preferences Changed? Life is dynamic, and so are your preferences. Regularly review your estate plan to ensure it aligns with your current circumstances. LMC Law recommends an annual review to accommodate any changes in your life.

In welcoming the new year, let's embrace the opportunity to fortify your legacy and protect the ones you cherish. LMC Law is here to guide you through the intricacies of estate planning, offering expertise in Real Estate, Business Law, Probate, and Wills and Trusts. As you embark on this journey of planning for the future years to come, remember that a well-crafted estate plan is a gift to yourself and your loved ones, ensuring your legacy endures with grace and clarity. 

Cheers to a happy & prosperous New Year!

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