If something unexpected were to happen to you, would your loved ones need to deal with probate? If so, then you should focus on putting a trust in place and doing some estate planning. We recently caught up with local attorney Jennifer Sawday, a partner at TLD Law, for a webinar on Trust & Estate Planning 101.
In case you missed it, here’s a replay:
There are four essential estate planning documents, Jennifer Sawday reviewed:
- Revocable Living Trust and Schedule “A”
- Pour-over Will
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Advanced Health Care Directive
The important thing is to plan ahead so that you get to decide who’s in charge if something happens to you.
The Revocable Living Trust allows those you leave behind to avoid the time and expense of probate. You decide on your successor trustee, where things will go, and control how things will be distributed to your beneficiaries.
The pour-over will directs the distribution of any assets that you acquired but didn’t have a chance to put in your trust or name a beneficiary back to your trust.
The durable power of attorney designates who will make financial decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated.
And the advance health care directive allows you to specify your wishes for future medical decisions, funeral / burial / cremation, life support, and organ donation in case you need assistance with medical decision making or for disposition of your remains.
Probate is costly and lengthy, and estate planning helps you make sure that those you leave behind don’t have to go through that.
If you have questions about creating a trust, you can contact Jennifer Sawday at [email protected]