Is it ever too early to plan?

Is it ever too early to plan?

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A lot of people fail to plan their estate not because they don’t want to, but because they feel it is too early. There is this huge misconception that estate plan is strictly for the older generation as they prone to those life-threatening sicknesses. So, a man who is 40 years old may decide not to plan his estate until he is 60 or 65 years old. However, what people forget is that no one knows when death will come knocking, and the earlier you plan your estate the better for you and those you care about.

Why it is never too early to make an estate plan

Around 55% of Americans die without creating a will or an estate plan. In addition, 72% of those who have begun the process often fail to update their will. When it comes to creating an estate plan, or updating your current plan, there exist no better way to make choices than to acknowledge the facts.

Here are a few reasons why you need to plan your estate ASAP!

1.     You protect your Children

Many of us expect to live long to see our children grow. However, sometimes an unfortunate incident may occur, jeopardizing our plans. In the event that you become incapacitated or worse, pass away without a plan and your children are all minors, the courts will step in and designate a legal guardian who you may not really like. However, if you create an estate plan and set up your will, you will be able to designate a legal guardian for your little kids in preparation for unexpected.

2.     You secure your property from unintended beneficiaries

One of the main reasons why you need to create an estate plan is to ensure that when you pass on, all your assets go to the individuals designated to receive them (your beneficiaries). If the unexpected occurs, and you haven’t created an estate plan, your assets will be distributed based on the intestate law of the state you reside in. Therefore, a child or a sibling who you wouldn’t want to inherit your asset might get a percentage of your estate after your demise.

3.     You lessen your beneficiaries’ tax burden

For a lot of parents one of the main reasons they work so hard is so that they can transfer their assets to their children after their demise. However, when they eventually kick the bucket, their assets may be subject to federal and state taxes. A competent estate planning attorney can ensure that your assets are transferred to the right individuals while reducing the effect of taxes on their inheritance.

4.     Helping you plan for you future and that of your loved ones

It can be too late to create an estate plan. However, it can never be too early to create an estate plan. With that said, if you are yet to create an estate plan, there is no better time to do so than right now.

Creating an estate plan at the early stages of your life is one of the best ways to secure your future and that of your loved ones. You will surely sleep well because you know that regardless of what happens, your estate plan has your back and that of your loved ones.

Bottom Line

When it comes to estate planning, there is no such thing as “too early.” Provided you are eligible to make an estate plan, and you have a few assets you would love to transfer to certain individuals after your death, it is best you contact an estate planning attorney make a plan.

You can always update your estate plan if you acquired a new house, a car, business, or got divorced. An estate planning attorney can help you update your estate plan, so, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t make that plan early.

Here are some reasons why it is never too early to make an estate plan.

If you want more information on how to draft an estate plan, contact our estate planning attorneys. We serve the State of New York.


DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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