Estate planning with heirs and beneficiaries in mind

Posted by Angela Holliday Hansen Esq. | Jan 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

No one can tell what tomorrow will bring, but that doesn't mean individuals in Maryland can't plan ahead. After all, as the old saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes. In fact, since no one can predict when they will pass away, it is important to have an estate plan in place. However, there are certain points to keep in mind.

First of all, deciding on beneficiaries can take a lot of time and thought. Some family members may want certain pieces of personal property with significant sentimental value. Some family members may need the financial resources more than others. Take the time to consider who will inherit what, and why. Some may feel that an equal distribution of assets is fair, while others may want to take the financial needs of each of their heirs and beneficiaries into account.

One way to help your heirs and beneficiaries understand your estate plan is to work collaboratively with them. These conversations may not always be easy, as they could cause individuals to experience stress and other negative emotions. However, through estate planning you are ensuring that your intended heirs and beneficiaries will be taken care of after you pass.

Estate planning can be an emotional topic. It is important to keep a clear head throughout the process, so that sound decisions can be made. To this end, it is important for individuals to make sure they understand the legalities of creating an estate plan. By doing so, a sound estate plan can be crafted.

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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