Leaving a Legacy Planning Your Estate or Inheritance

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Edward Jones - Chad Choate, AAMS

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Feb 17, 2021

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Florida - Sarasota, Bradenton & Charlotte Counties

Many people don't take the time to think about estate planning because they think it's only for the wealthy or those living in retirement. But thinking about estate strategies is important for just about everyone to ensure not only that your assets are handled properly, but also that you and your loved ones are cared for as you wish should you be unable to make such decisions.
The following list of questions will take you through estate-planning considerations, and it will help you prepare for a discussion with yourfinancial advisor.Note: While Edward Jones cannot provide estate-planning advice, it is helpful for us to understand how your current situation and estate goals may affect your investment strategy.
Beneficiary designations

When was the last time you reviewed your beneficiary designations?

Beneficiary designations are a critical part of a comprehensive estate plan unique to your situation. There's no "one size fits all" guideline for naming beneficiaries, and you need to take into consideration things like: estate taxes, retirement plans, insurance policies, multiple marriages, special needs children, etc.
Even if you have a will or trust, your beneficiary designations are an important part of your overall plan. Its important to review your beneficiary designations regularly, particularly when your life circumstances change, such as a marriage, a divorce, the birth of a child or the death of a spouse. If you dont update your account beneficiaries, your assets could be inherited by someone you no longer intend.

Asset transfer plan and trusts

Do you have a will or trust?

A last will and testament can help your assets pass in the manner that you would prefer them to transfer.
A trust might be right for your situation if you're concerned about: estate taxes, avoiding probate, controlling the transfer of assets to heirs, leaving assets to spendthrift children, protecting assets during incapacitation or eventually needing assistance with money management and paying bills.

Have you shared your current transfer plan with your beneficiaries?

If you haven't already had conversations with your beneficiaries, there's no better time than the present. The discussion will help inform your beneficiaries when it comes to matters related to your finances and health and how you want things handled upon your death or if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. The more family members know about your preferences, generally the more comfortable they'll feel that they're making the right decisions for you down the road, if necessary.

Would you like to control how your beneficiaries access their inheritance (via a trust, for example)

Determining who will handle your financial affairs when you are no longer able to do so can be an important decision. You might not know that some clients use trust services not only to manage the family legacy, but also to help handle everyday financial needs.
If you are looking for a responsible, experienced and unbiased trustee to step in and handle your affairs, you can name Edward Jones Trust Company* as trustee of your trust. There are three types of services we provide:

Managing Agent We can simply provide you investment and administrative services for a trust, a personal account or an Individual Retirement Account.
Trustee or Co-trustee We can act as trustee or work alongside an individual you designate to execute the terms of a trust.
Successor Trustee We can serve as trustee should a trustee resign or become unable to make decisions regarding a trust.

Guardianship considerations

Do you have minor dependents?
Have you assigned a guardian in your will for your dependents?

It can be important to name guardians for minor children or dependents. This information can be contained in a will so the court and your family members know who is responsible for your dependents, should you pass away.

Have you provided for minor dependents in your asset transfer plan?

Incapacity protection (financial and health care)

Do you have a Durable Power of Attorney?

A Durable Power of Attorney can be an important document that generally allows you to name someone to make financial and health care decisions on your behalf, should you become incapacitated.

Do you have a living will or advanced medical directive?

A living will is generally a statement or declaration that a person may make indicating their wishes for specific medical treatment to be either provided or withdrawn under specific circumstances. It is often recommended that this document be well thought out and drafted prior to an illness or imminent death. Note: There can be limitations to living wills.

Charitable intent

Do you intend to leave assets to charity?
Do you have a plan outlining your contribution strategy?
Would you like to have control over how assets are used by the charity?

How we can help
Sometimes it takes going through a difficult situation to realize the importance of being prepared. If you don't already have an estate strategy in place, your financial advisor can help walk you through the process of prioritizing your goals and work to coordinate your team of tax and legal professionals to help ensure your goals are met.

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