Beneficiary designations are meant to clearly define how assets are to be distributed upon the passing of the original asset holder. But there are potential pitfalls than can be encountered as one accumulates different kinds of assets over their lifetime. In this installment of his 6-part series on Estate Planning Considerations, our American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys colleague, Attorney Steve Hartnett, examines some common snags that can occur, and how best to avoid them. Click HERE to read on
One of the many tremendous benefits of our membership in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys is having a nationwide "brain-trust" filled with talented and knowledgeable attorneys. Director of Education Steve Hartnett is no exception. Part-one of his six-part series on important Estate Planning considerations talks about incapacity. Part two talks about the high cost of long-term-care, which we also detail in this blog (click here to read). The third installment looks at the way your beneficiaries receive their inheritances and why different approaches need to be used for different people. It is critical that you consider the individual needs of your children or other beneficiaries when preparing your estate plan. Effective Estate Planning involves finding solutions that fit - in precisely the right way. We cover this idea in greater detail in our frequent, free Estate Planning Seminars (click here to learn about our next one). To read Attorney Hartnett's take on the importance of how your leave your assets to your heirs see Part Three: Your Kids, (click here).