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Estate planning is for everyone

Creating an estate plan is not just for elderly or wealthy individuals. Even young individuals with a relatively small savings account can benefit from creating an estate plan. This plan can help you control what happens to you and your assets if you become ill or when you pass away.

At the same time, it can be hard to think about a time when you will no longer be alive. It can be easy to put off creating an estate plan. In fact, one survey shows that 6 out of 10 Americans do not have a will.

What is estate planning?

Creating an estate plan is basically putting to paper your intentions for when you die or become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself. An estate plan can describe what will happen to your assets when you pass, but it can also encompass much more, including:

  • Decisions about what health interventions you do and do not want
  • Which individuals can make decisions about your health care and finances
  • Arrangements for any minor children
  • Funeral arrangements

Where do I start?

A cornerstone to every estate plan is a will. A will makes sure that your assets go where you want them. A will can:

  • Name someone to carry out your will
  • Name guardians for children, or pets, if you have any
  • Designate where you want your property to go

It can be daunting to think about your future death, but it can also help set your mind at ease. With a plan in place you know that you will still be control of what is yours.

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