Strategy Can Keep an Estate Plan Current and Relevant

Dunlap Law Insights

When people first sit down to discuss their estate plan, they may be overwhelmed with how many options they have and how many components there are to planning an estate in Minnesota. However, if they take things slowly and take adequate time to articulate their end-of-life wishes and desires, they may be more productive at putting together a well-rounded estate plan that will give them confidence and peace of mind.

According to Ameriprise Financial Inc., there are several considerations that people should take into mind before making any designations on their estate plan. Some of the important aspects they should think about include the following:

  • The number of their current assets and the potential for growth.
  • The amount of debt they have accumulated and their ability to pay it off.
  • Any tax implications that their heirs or beneficiaries may be charged with following the death of the policyholder.
  • The amount of money they are currently making, as well as how much they spend annually to pay for their expenses.

As people near the end of the process of finalizing their estate plan, U.S. News suggests that they continually revisit their plan, especially after significant life changes. Examples include the birth of a new family member, a divorce or a marriage among other things. They may also consider gifting some of the money they wish to give to their heirs before they pass away so they can enjoy the excitement of seeing their family enjoying the gifts. Ideas of what they could gift money toward include educational opportunities or vacations.