Saturday, March 29, 2008

What is “Estate Planning?”

“Estate Planning” is the method by which people provide for disposition or distribution of their assets once they are no longer capable of handling them. Generally, this means preparing a Will and related documents to describe how assets should be handled after a person dies. Sometimes, it means preparing powers of attorney and related documents to describe who will be in charge of a person’s assets in the event that he or she becomes mentally or physically incapacitated.

The lack of a comprehensive estate plan often means that provisions have not been made in the event of a lengthy illness or incapacity prior to death, resulting in the depletion of your assets before they can pass to your spouse or children. Furthermore, dying without a will can result in unintended, and expensive, consequences.