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Steps in estate planning

For some New Jersey residents, creating a will or estate plan can be difficult. They might be unsure of where to start or what questions to ask. Some might even believe that because they do not have an excess of wealth that estate planning is unnecessary. However, that is not the case. Without a plan, the family of the deceased might spend months or even years in court sorting out their loved one's affairs and assets. 

Estate planning tips

Preparing for one's death can be a daunting task. Many New Jersey residents may not know where or how to start the estate planning process. Beginning the process early can give the benefactor time to ensure that everything is properly planned and that all of the instructions that he or she wishes to leave are conveyed clearly. 

Business owners and estate planning

When discussing the benefits of writing a will, most people will reference personal benefits like how finances or other assets will be divided upon their death. However, business owners across New Jersey may be interested to know how estate planning can benefit their businesses. Creating an estate plan can help business owners outline how they wish their businesses to be handled in the event of their death or incapacitation. 

Estate planning options to provide for children

Although many New Jersey people may avoid thinking about death, the reality is that it cannot be escaped, and the welfare of surviving loved ones may need some careful consideration. This is especially true if there are small children involved. Estate planning offers different options in which to leave inheritances to children, and each option has its own pros and cons.

Estate planning -- Is a Last Will and Testament really necessary?

New Jersey residents who want to ensure that their chosen beneficiaries receive their property upon their deaths might consider drafting a Last Will and Testament. Estate planning starts with a will, and dying without such a document will allow the state to choose beneficiaries who will then receive the decedent's property. Even if the person's estate plan is based on a trust, there will be a need for a will.

Estate planning: The importance of living wills

It is often reported that a significant percentage of adults nationwide, including in New Jersey, neglect to draft wills -- often putting it off for later. It might be natural to expect death to come in old age because many fail to give thought to the fact that death or incapacitation can occur at any age. What will happen to the young children of a divorced mother who suffers catastrophic injuries in an accident when she is in her early 30s? If she has attended to estate planning and chosen to make a living will, the care of the children may already be planned.

Estate planning at a younger age could be less complicated

Conversations about wills and trusts tend to force people to accept their mortality, which is something many New Jersey residents might prefer to avoid. However, estate planning is necessary for all -- regardless of age, financial situations and family ties. It is a way to ensure the distribution of assets in a manner that will take care of surviving loved ones. While it is often believed that estate planning must be done closer to retirement age, the best time to get started with it is upon receiving that first salary check, or at least around the age of 30 years.

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