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After divorce, understanding how to adjust an estate plan is key

When New Yorkers create an estate plan, those who are married will inevitably include their spouse as a key part of it. This can be as the predominant heir and perhaps the executor of the estate. However, after drafting estate planning documents, some marriages will come apart and the couple will divorce. This can impact the estate plan in myriad ways. After a divorce, there are important considerations that must be factored in given the new circumstances.

An estate plan is not just for older, married people

There are certain aspects of life that New Yorkers will prioritize based on their age and current life situation. For example, a person with a family who is established in his or her career will likely place a greater emphasis on having all the essentials in place. That includes health insurance, a stable home, a stable job and an estate plan. For younger people - especially millennials - these might take a backseat toward becoming established and enjoying life with a freewheeling attitude. However, the failure to take the necessary steps in drafting estate planning documents is something these individuals regret every day. For millennials, understanding what documents are important and why is key to having a viable estate plan.

Tax implications and estate planning for the unmarried

While crafting a comprehensive estate plan is often framed as a safety mechanism for family members, not every New Yorker is married. This could lead to a perception that they do not need to move expeditiously in creating an estate plan. However, it is important for everyone to have an estate plan and this combines with the new Trump Administration tax laws should be factored in when creating or updating it. For single people, it is wise to understand how to prepare an estate plan with the new tax laws in mind.

Updating an estate plan is a forgotten necessity for New Yorkers

New Yorkers should be fully aware of the importance of drafting estate planning documents. There are a seeming endless number of reasons why this is a good idea. Often, however, people who have an estate plan will not update it as needed. Simply having the estate plan is rarely enough. Knowing when and why it is essential to update the plan can avoid long-term problems and regret.

Estate plan of late comic book icon a cautionary tale

Estate planning and proper preparation for the future are key for New Yorkers of all ages and in every financial situation. This is especially true for people who are wealthy, prominent and getting up in years. For people who are in this situation, having legal assistance is a must to make certain that there is adequate protection for every aspect of their lives. Evidence of how crucial this is recently became evident when the comic book creator and icon Stan Lee died at age 95.

Handling art and sentimental items when estate planning

Estate planning can be a difficult process for New Yorkers when they are determining strategies to pass along their assets. What can make this even more complicated is when the assets go beyond the basic and tangible to that which is open to desire and interpretation. Specifically, that will include items like art, jewelry and goods that might not appear to be worth much when on the market, but have sentimental value to prospective heirs and can be subject to an intense dispute. Having assistance from a qualified law firm that specializes in complicated estate planning is a must in any situation, but is of great importance with these cases.

Various aspects of creating a full, comprehensive estate plan

New Yorkers who do not take the necessary steps to craft a well-designed estate plan will inevitably regret it. While these documents are often considered to be essential only to those who have significant assets, everyone can use estate planning strategies to avoid family disputes and ensure that the person's property, savings and more will go where they want after they have passed. In most cases, this is not as complicated as it sounds, but there are certain aspects that should be considered beforehand.

Tax implications can be mitigated with proper estate planning

As New Yorkers address their needs for a comprehensive estate plan, those with significant assets must pay strict attention to tax implications and how their heirs will be shielded from onerous and unexpected expenses. Much has been said in the media as to how the new tax laws will impact them. For those who are trying to address these concerns when they are drafting estate planning documents, it is important to know how to mitigate these costs while adhering to the law.

What is a guardianship for the intellectually disabled?

For many New Yorkers, future planning must include strategies to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. This can be a complicated as many are completely unaware of what steps need to be taken to ensure that a vulnerable loved one is fully shielded from risks they are neither prepared for nor equipped to deal with. Some of the most at-risk people are those who are intellectually or developmentally disabled.

Understanding living trusts and the options available

There are many estate planning devices available for New Yorkers. The individual goals and necessary strategies to achieve them dictate whether wills, trusts or other alternatives will suit the person's purposes. One option that might be useful is a living trust. Knowing when the living trust is suitable toward the individual's needs and desires and other facts about it is crucial when making the decision.

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