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Taxes are not the only reason to draft estate planning documents

It is likely that the majority of people who hear about the importance of setting up trusts or drafting wills believe that the main goal is to avoid estate taxes. However, there are many compelling reasons to choose to set up estate planning documents. New York residents may not be aware of the variety of purposes that these planning tools can fulfill.

A divorce often necessitates several changes to an estate plan

The divorce process is often emotionally overwhelming. It is during this time that people must address multiple issues at once as their lives undergo major changes. New York residents who are in the process of divorcing may wish to review estate plans in order to ensure that one's final wishes reflect those life changes.

Estate planning can succeed with follow-through and preparation

According to financial advisors, the vast majority of one's final wishes do not come to fruition. The two main reasons why estate planning fails are lack of preparation on the part of heirs and failing to follow through on plan details or updates. New York residents who are seeking to embark on preparing these documents may benefit from more information to ensure successful execution of their wishes.

Estate planning can be broken down into manageable stages

It is a fact that everyone will have to face their own mortality. That being said, it is estimated that only 40 percent of older residents have plans in place to protect their wealth or health. Many people feel intimated by the idea of estate planning as it seems overwhelming. New York residents do have access to many tools and professionals who can help them draft these important documents.

Estate planning mistakes can be avoided with careful preparation

It is estimated that less than half of all adults have documents in place that state how their heirs will be provided for after their demise. For those with minor children, only around 35 percent have undertaken estate planning. Unfortunately, without these vital documents in place, the state will determine how New York residents' assets and property will be disbursed after they have died.

Estate planning is not one and done; reviews can prevent problems

Many people dread the idea of contemplating what happens after they have passed. However, even if one has settled on his or her final wishes and has a plan in place, this is not a one-and-done task because plans often need updating whenever there are changes to tax laws or one experiences major life changes. New York residents who need assistance with estate planning may wish to consult with professionals.

Proper estate planning can help preserve a family business legacy

When one works hard to establish a family business, it is often hoped that one's heirs will take over the company and grow it into the future. This is the reason many business owners work hard to ensure that their family will benefit from their efforts to make the entity successful. Without proper estate planning, however, New York residents might not be able to preserve their family's legacy.

Using a beneficiary deed may avoid some estate litigation

When parents work hard to acquire their dream home, they may worry how to ensure their hard work will benefit their intended heirs. While there may always be a risk of one's final wishes being contested, there are some measures that may help prevent certain estate litigation efforts. There are many tools available to New York residents that may ensure peace of mind.

Proper planning and tools can reduce estate litigations

No one relishes the idea of contemplating one's own demise. Unfortunately, there is no avoiding this eventuality, and heirs may have one less worry with careful planning that can reduce the risk of estate litigation. New York has laws that apply to estate planning that can aid one in creating plans that will best fit each unique family's needs.

Addiction complications can lead to estate litigation at times

For years, the main reason many New York residents would undertake estate planning was to safeguard their assets from taxes. In the past few years, there may be another pressing need to ensure that one is not vulnerable to estate litigation, and that is the issue of addiction. There are some steps that one may be able to take in order to plan for how this sensitive problem may be addressed.