Creating an Estate Plan for a Legacy
Estate planning is a key component in wealth management and a crucial part of a comprehensive financial plan. It encompasses more than just the strategic allocation of your assets for future generations; it's about ensuring peace of mind and financial security for you and your loved ones.
While McBeath Financial Group specializes in wealth management and comprehensive financial planning, it's important to note that we are not a legal firm. For the legal aspects of estate planning, including the drafting of wills or trusts, we recommend consultation with qualified legal professionals.
Collaborating with Legal Professionals
Our team at McBeath Financial Group often collaborates with experts in the legal field to ensure that clients have a comprehensive and tailored estate planning strategy.
The Role of Family in Legal Document Selection
The first critical step in any estate planning process is to choose the legal documents that are most appropriate for your family’s unique needs. This could include wills, trusts, or other specific mechanisms aimed at facilitating asset transfers upon death.
Division of Assets: Probate and Non-Probate Items
Categorizing assets as either probate or non-probate is a vital step in the planning process. Non-probate assets can typically be transferred more seamlessly upon death, bypassing the often lengthy and complicated probate process.
Preparing for Mental Incapacity
Mental incapacity is an uncomfortable topic for many, but it is crucial to address it in your estate plan. Legal instruments like Power of Attorney can provide a framework for decision-making should you become unable to do so yourself.
Assembling Your Estate Planning Team
An effective estate plan often requires a collaborative approach. This involves coordination between multiple professionals, including legal experts and wealth managers, to create a comprehensive, tailored plan.
Trusts: Do You Need One?
While many people think a trust is essential for estate planning, that’s not always the case. Trusts are generally more suitable for those with substantial assets, and it's always a good idea to consult with a legal professional to determine if a trust is appropriate for your situation.
Keeping Your Plans Updated
Both your financial and estate plans are living documents. As your life circumstances change, it's important to revisit and possibly revise these plans to ensure they continue to meet your needs.
Please Note: McBeath Financial Group specializes in wealth management, investments, and comprehensive financial planning. We are not a legal firm and do not provide legal advice. For all matters concerning estate planning, legal documents, and related legal advice, we strongly recommend consulting a qualified legal professional.
Krista McBeath is an Investment Advisor, Chartered Financial Consultant, a Licensed Insurance Advisor, a Fiduciary, and an experienced tax advisor who specializes in financial planning, investments, and insurance. She utilizes advanced tools for in-depth calculations that analyze tax and retirement scenarios to help her clients avoid a future tax time-bomb. Whether this means enjoying more of your hard-earned money in retirement or passing along assets to loved ones with less tax burden, planning makes the difference.
Her Amazon best-selling book, The Generational Wealth System outlines a holistic approach to preserving lifestyle, wealth and legacy.
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