Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.
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Preparing for the eventual distribution of your assets may not sound enticing. But a will puts the power in your hands.
Probate can be a completely public process, or it can be managed to include as little information as possible.
Living trusts are popular, but their appropriateness will depend upon your individual needs and objectives.
Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."
Planning for a special-needs child can be complicated, confusing, and even overwhelming.
Estate strategies for millennials may sound like less of a concern than retirement, but young adults should prepare now.
Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.
Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.