Why is an Estate Plan Necessary?
Before answering this question, it’s important to understand how real and personal property passes following a death.
The Four Ways Real and Personal Property Passes at Death…
1. Direct transfer to a named beneficiary
- This would include life insurance and retirement-type accounts
2. Jointly owned property, such as real estate will pass directly to the joint owner
3. A will bequeaths specific real and personal property to an heir
4. Operation of law or "Dying intestate" – The state takes control of your estate
Without an Estate Plan, you could, "Die intestate." This means, a state court would choose an administrator of your estate and, if needed, a guardian for your minor (under 18) children.
The court appointed administrator would distribute your property according to state intestacy laws, regardless of any desire you may have expressed during your life.
Through a properly drawn will, you can…
- Protect your family’s financial needs
- Minimize taxes
- Name an experienced executor or personal representative who will ensure that your wishes are carried out
- Name a guardian for your minor children
- Establish trusts to manage the inheritances of any beneficiaries who may be minors or are otherwise inexperienced in asset management
- Ensure that your assets will be managed prudently by appointing a qualified trustee of a trust created in your will
- Avoid delays and added expense that intestacy proceedings may involve
- Secure the peace of mind that knowing your family and other loved ones will be taken care of according to your wishes
For more information on how we can put your Estate Planning needs into perspective, Contact Us or call us toll free at 1-800-711-BANK (2265).