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What an estate plan should contain regardless of age

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2021 | Estate Planning

It’s understandable to assume that estate planning is only for the wealthy or for older adults. However, you don’t have to be part of those demographics to benefit from having an estate plan. When you’re getting ready to prepare one and you are an Ohio resident, don’t forget about the actions below.

Naming beneficiaries

If you’re a younger adult, it’s understandable to not spend much time thinking about your future. However, you can’t predict what might happen to you throughout life. Considering that, it’s important to name your beneficiaries as soon as possible. Beneficiaries are those who will receive the assets you leave behind. Many unmarried individuals have their parents named as beneficiaries. However, meeting someone new and getting married might mean making your new spouse a beneficiary.

Creating a living will

Many people think that an estate plan is only about your assets and who receives them. However, a comprehensive estate plan can also include an end-of-life plan, which is often referred to as an advance medical directive. This also helps prevent in-family bickering or disagreements about your final wishes.

Establishing a trust

Creating an estate plan gives you control over your finances. However, you can have even more control over how your assets get distributed with a trust. With a trust, you detail how people receive your assets. You can control what you want beneficiaries to do with what you leave behind. Trusts also allow people to create asset distribution plans for their beneficiaries.

As you can see, some things are wise for an adult to have in an estate plan at any age. Taking care of these important matters now can save you a lot of hassle in the future.