Estate Planning - General Explanation and Overview
Sep 07, 2011
Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for a person's death. This is a very "flexible" area of planning, as none of us know when we are going to pass away, what our assets will consist of, or what our government will impose on us for taxes at that time. Estate plans are often changed as the years go by to ensure that they accurately depict our goals and circumstances and changes in the law. Accordingly, my work with people focuses on building a plan that meets their current goals and issues but that is also flexible and can change with the coming years and the changes that occur in your family and in the tax law.
Estate planning typically involves attempts to eliminate uncertainties over the administration of an estate at death and maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses. This can take many forms. In the next posts, I will examine a "last will and testament" and a "revocable living trust."
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