Financial planning using a will

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Some people may associate drafting a will with passing on, but it can be a fundamental part of an effective financial plan. These documents can help you organize your finances efficiently, especially if you have high-value and complex assets that could be challenging to administer without your guidance. If drafted well, your will can help determine which properties go to whom, relieving your surviving family members of complications accompanied by intestacy laws.

Creating a comprehensive will

Wills can cover more than relaying your instructions about personal affairs. Incorporating your financial decisions into your will can help smoothen out confusing details involving inheritances. Without a will, the state’s intestacy laws could take effect, potentially subjecting your assets to decisions against your wishes.

To avoid these scenarios, you could begin drafting a will now, even if you believe your estate is too small. The thought of estate planning being only for the rich is a misconception and could make people wait until it is too late. Instead, you can start with what you have now and update your will as you acquire new assets over time.

Starting with a manageable amount of assets can also help you become more prepared as you build your estate and adjust your plan over the years. Whenever you revisit your will, you could include more instructions or involve other estate planning tools to fit your and your family’s needs.

Getting help when you need it

Regardless of your estate’s size, creating a will and estate plan can be challenging to do alone. Missing crucial details and requirements could impact your will’s legal soundness. Because of the uncertain possibilities, seeking legal counsel could be helpful before deciding to draft your will. Experienced insight can also help you determine other options with features appropriate to your unique circumstances.