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Now Is the Time: Create or Revise Your Will, Trust, Estate Plan, and Other Advance Directives

Now Is the Time: Create or Revise Your Will, Trust, Estate Plan, and Other Advance Directives

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten our health and financial security, as well as that of our family, it’s more important than ever to ensure that all life planning documents are in order. The time to make sure you and your loved ones are protected is now.

With video conferencing, these documents can be prepared and signed from the comfort of your own home.

   

You should have the following in place and up to date:

Will

Stipulate how your assets should be distributed after death, designate beneficiaries, and appoint an Executor to carry out your directions.

Estate Plan

Plan distribution of your assets in detail, minimize estate tax, and specify any other instructions to be carried out.

Trust

Manage, protect, and minimize taxation of your inheritance to minors or persons with disabilities.

Guardianship

Appoint persons you trust to be your children’s, parents’, or your own guardians in the event of death, incapacity, or absence.

Power of Attorney

Designate a trusted agent to make legal, financial, and business decisions for you in the event that you can’t.

Health Care Proxy/Living Will

Designate a trusted agent to make medical decisions for you in the event that you can’t, and provide your family with directions regarding extraordinary medical care and end-of-life decisions.

Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

Name beneficiaries on your IRA, 401(k), pension, deferred compensation plan, and other qualified and non-qualified retirement accounts and annuities.

Life Insurance Beneficiaries

Name beneficiaries on your life insurance policies.

Financial Accounts Beneficiaries

Name beneficiaries on your bank and brokerage accounts.

Real Estate Ownership Agreements

Designate co-ownership and joint ownership of real estate holdings to ensure your properties will pass as intended.

Creditor Protection Plan

Protect your assets and beneficiaries in the event of bankruptcy, lawsuits, or debts left behind at death.

Business Agreement Provisions

Stipulate death and disability provisions in business agreements, real estate investment company agreements, and buy-sell agreements.

Medicaid Plan

Structure your financial resources and prepare documentation to ensure you qualify for long-term care while safeguarding your assets and inheritance.

Tax Plan

Take advantage of tax opportunities resulting from depressed asset values and low interest rates.

   

This list is not comprehensive, nor does everyone need all documents listed. The information is general and is not intended to be, and should not be considered, legal advice. For specific questions please contact us.

Yours,

The VMM team

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