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Estate Planning Q&A: Common Questions Answered

Estate Planning Q&A: Common Questions Answered

Estate planning can be a complex and emotional process, and it’s natural to have many questions. This Q&A guide addresses some of the most common questions around estate planning, probate, trusts, power of attorney, and health care proxy.

What is estate planning and why is it important?

Estate planning is the process of arranging for the management and distribution of your assets after your death. It’s important because it ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and that your family is provided for in the event of your passing.

What is a will and why is it important?

A will is a legal document that specifies how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. It’s important because it ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, rather than according to state laws.

What is a trust and why is it important?

A trust is a legal arrangement in which a trustee holds and manages assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. Trusts can be used to manage and distribute assets, avoid probate, and minimize taxes.

What is a power of attorney and why is it important?

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the authority to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf. It’s important because it ensures that your affairs are handled in the way that you want, even if you can’t make decisions for yourself.

What is a healthcare power of attorney and why is it important?

A healthcare proxy is a legal document that gives someone the authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. It’s important because it ensures that your medical treatment is carried out in accordance with your wishes.

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