Plan Your Peace of Mind: 8 Estate Must-Dos

While discussing death and estate planning isn’t always comfortable, it’s a crucial way to ensure your wishes are met and your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. Here’s an updated look at the eight essential steps for estate planning in 2024:

1. Secure Your Legacy with a Will: Having a legally sound will drafted by an experienced estate planning attorney can help minimize probate issues and confusion for your heirs. While online will templates might seem convenient, they might not be customized for your specific needs and could lead to unintended consequences.

2. Go Beyond the Will: Depending on your situation, consider creating trusts, durable powers of attorney (both financial and medical), and a living will. These documents can provide additional clarity and control over your assets and healthcare decisions.

3. Double-Check Beneficiary Designations: Review the beneficiaries listed on your retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other assets. Ensure they align with your current wishes and update them if necessary.

4. Create a Detailed Inventory: Make things easier for your heirs by compiling a comprehensive list of your assets and debts. This “map” should include details like account numbers, locations, and contact information.

5. Consolidate for Simplicity: Streamline your financial affairs by consolidating multiple retirement accounts and bank accounts. This reduces paperwork, minimizes administrative fees, and simplifies account management for your heirs.

6. Share Your Charitable Passions: If you have specific charities or causes you support, consider creating a list or document outlining them. This ensures your charitable intentions are known and potentially honored by your loved ones.

7. Choose a Trustworthy Executor: Select a responsible and reliable individual to act as your executor. This person will be responsible for handling the legal and administrative processes after your passing. Ensure they have copies of your essential estate planning documents and share copies with any loved ones mentioned in them.

8. Seek Professional Guidance: Don’t attempt complex estate planning alone. Consult with a qualified estate planning attorney who can provide personalized advice based on your unique circumstances and ensure your plan is legally sound and reflects your wishes.

Remember, estate planning is not a one-time event. Regularly review and update your plan, especially after significant life changes like marriages, births, or changes in your financial situation. By taking these steps, you can create peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.

R. Kenner French, is a small business contributor at, author of three books, an executive at both AI involved companies and, a keynote speaker, and a Dave Matthews Band fan!

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