5 Tips for Securing Your Assets, Healthcare and Legacy
It’s your life and your legacy: Make sure you have an updated estate plan. And don’t wait until it’s too late!
Create or Update Your Estate Plan: avoid unnecessary taxes, family arguments, and creditors
- Wills allow you to transfer property to your selected beneficiaries, permits a parent to name a guardian, can help protect beneficiaries against creditors, and reduces the burden on family
- Revocable Trusts allow you to distribute your assets at death and can allow you to avoid probate.
- Irrevocable Trusts can help you qualify for financial assistance if you need long-term care and can provide for strong creditor protection for you and your beneficiaries.
- Special Needs Trusts allows you to leave assets to a disabled heir without risking the loss of Social Security, Medicaid benefits, or food assistance.
Create Your Durable Power of Attorney and Medical Directives.
- A Durable Power of Attorney authorizes your named agent to act in your place for financial and legal decisions if you are incapacitated.
- An Advance Medical Directive allows you to name someone to make health care decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
- A Living Will allows you to express your desires about life-prolonging procedures if you are at the end of life with no hope of recovery.
Review and Update your Beneficiary Designations on your Life Insurance and Retirement Plans.
Consider New Laws. Do the new tax laws affect your estate?
Review Social Security and Retirement Benefits. What is your full retirement age? Should you delay your benefits to increase your monthly benefits?
Call the Law Offices of Debra G. Simms at 386.256.4882 to learn more.
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