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Lack of knowledge holds some back from estate planning process

Talking about one's own mortality is not always a welcome subject. In fact, many people in California and throughout the nation avoid such topics as much as possible. However, one of the typical reasons for such discussions has to do with estate planning.

Things to avoid when it comes to estate planning

Some people in California might be like others throughout the nation who tend to avoid any topic of conversation that has to do with their own mortality. However, many see great value in such discussions, especially in regard to estate planning. The process of planning an estate is highly customizable, so there are often many various questions and issues that need addressed before a final plan is executed.

Estate planning, advanced directives and doctor errors

What does estate planning have to do with emergency room doctors? Given the fact that many plans include living wills (otherwise referred to as advanced directives) there is a strong connection between such documents and emergency room physicians. Doctors in California and elsewhere are often called upon to quickly interpret these estate planning directives when patients arrive in need of urgent care.

Estate planning and family feuds: What do they have in common?

No two California families are exactly alike. One way in which this is evident is estate planning. While some families are comprised of very few members, others might have more than 10. However, family size is irrelevant with regard to whether an estate is one of simple means and assets or one of high net worth value.

The ever-changing tax laws of estate planning

Anyone in California who has been involved in planning an estate (or administering one) likely understands the challenges that arise regarding estate taxes. Laws governing such matters are constantly changing, making it a good idea to keep an estate plan updated to reflect current laws. Estate planning is a highly customizable process and many people have found ways to minimize the tax burdens their loved ones will bear when the time comes to administer their estates.

Estate planning good idea for those who intend to travel

California parents often have to take care of several different things at home before they travel. Obviously, child care is a main issue. Another matter that might not immediately come to mind is that of estate planning. Many people try to avoid the topic, while others see it as a high priority.

Estate planning a valuable tool in process of farm succession

California has deep roots in agricultural history. Farming is considered a backbone industry in the United States, and many modern farmers are searching for new ways to help sustain it as a viable means of sustainable income for future generations. Farm succession is a term that encompasses a variety of ideas focused on transferring knowledge, skill and assets to others. Careful estate planning is a significant part of the process.

Don't forget to include estate planning updates in your new year

Many California homeowners have schedules for regular home maintenance and housekeeping chores. Financial advisers suggest incorporating estate planning updates to the mix in order to keep your plan current and accurate. Between one year and the next, various types of life changes may occur that might bear significant impact on an estate plan.

Where to find answers to estate planning questions

Many California families regularly discuss important issues regarding wills, trusts, advanced medical directives and other such matters. Others tend to avoid topics pertaining to mortality, thinking they will address such issues if an urgent need arises to necessitate their doing so. There are many reasons to consider estate planning as an option that is better implemented sooner than later.

Estate planning speculation surrounding George Michael's death

Christmas Day became tinged with sorrow for pop music fans in California and throughout the world upon the announcement that superstar George Michael had unexpectedly passed away. Tweets suggesting the singer may have been suicidal were posted, although that particular Twitter account has since been closed. There has also been speculation regarding whether Michael had gone through any official estate planning process, in particular, whether he left instructions as to how to distribute his assets.

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