Five strategies for responsible estate planning

Posted by Angela Holliday Hansen Esq. | Dec 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some Maryland residents may be interested in a recent article related to estate management that offers five estate-plan strategies for consideration. According to the author,estate valuation is a vital component of many Americans' lives that is often neglected. Although most people don't want to think about possible death or incapacitation, failing to plan for such eventualities can make life difficult for one's loved ones.

While many people are perhaps more familiar with wills, a trust can sometimes be more valuable by allowing a person greater control over his or her assets and intentions. The author also emphasizes designating a power of attorney to a trusted appointee regarding the person's financial matters in the event of their debilitation. A similar power of attorney can be designated exclusively for medical issues.

Asset owners were advised to review the titling of their possessions. Should the titles be inaccurate or out-of-date, intended inheritors may not be able to receive what the original owner desired. The author also stated that people should take steps to ensure that their own family, particularly their parents, takes charge of their own affairs and assets.

While many people desire wealth preservation from one generation to another, not everyone takes the necessary steps to guarantee asset protection for themselves and their children. Appropriate estate planning and appraisal could ensure its continuity even after the original owner has passed on.

In order to possess an accurate appraisal of one's estate, it's often necessary to conduct a complete accounting of assets and liabilities and carefully delineate property ownership. While this process can be complicated, a responsibly managed estate might provide its owners with great peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are protected.

About the Author

Angela Holliday Hansen Esq.

Angela Holliday Hansen, Esq., is a former big firm corporate attorney who now practices family law in Rockville Maryland. Ms. Hansen oversees complex estate administration and drafts...

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