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Estate plan: a need for people of all income levels

As many Michigan readers know, estate planning is often associated with people who are wealthy or possess valuable assets. In reality, an estate plan is a practical and beneficial step for people of all income levels. Anything that a person owns, including vehicles, homes or a retirement portfolio is considered to be part of a person's estate and may be passed to loved ones after the owner passes away.

Mistakes may be made in the details of an estate plan

Having an estate plan in place long before it is needed is a responsible step most people take the time to make. However, there may still be room for mistakes or mishaps even after a person has had an estate plan drafted and put into effect. By drafting a comprehensive estate plan and then ensuring the details are managed correctly, Michigan family members can ensure wishes are upheld and an estate is handled as envisioned.

Single folks in Michigan should have an estate plan in place

It is wrong to assume that only married couples with children and a significant amount of assets should worry about creating an estate plan. Any single adult who has assets in his or her name needs to ensure an estate plan is in place, and the plan needs to reflect the individual needs and wishes of that single person. While the basics may mirror the needs of any married couple in Michigan, there are unique needs a single person needs to reflect upon when creating that estate plan.

Michigan families can avoid mistakes in estate plan

All estate plans are highly personal, yet many people fall prey to the same common mistakes when drafting their plans. By being aware of the most common mistakes found in estate plans, Michigan families can prevent those mistakes from causing problems after loved ones have passed. These common estate plan mistakes can cause a great deal of family strife and become financially painful.

Business owners need an estate plan early in the game

An individual or family may work for years or even generations to establish a successful small business. If the owner or owners fail to have a comprehensive and smart estate plan in place early on, that small business can be at risk for failure in the event that an owner or invested partner passes away. Statistically, only a small percentage of family businesses are passed down to the next generation successfully. With the right estate plan in place before it is needed, a Michigan family can beat those odds.

Baby boomer generation needs to think of estate plan needs

As the baby boomer generation enters the realm of retirement, there are other needs that may be left unchecked. An estate plan and what to do in the event of incapacitation may be one area where baby boomers in Michigan have failed to be proactive. If one has not been put in place as of yet, anyone of this particular generation may want to get started with the basics.

An estate plan may need to accommodate digital assets

The role technology plays in daily life is ever-expanding for the average American. When a Michigan resident or family decides to venture into the task of creating an estate plan, digital assets may need to be addressed as part of that plan. Regardless of how vast a person's digital life is, any online account that contains a password, relates to finance or even personal documents and pictures should all be considered digital assets.

Ideas for broaching the subject of an estate plan

When a family member decides the time is right to being to the process of estate planning, including the appointing of trustees and heirs, the act of broaching the subject can be a little tricky. Each family is vastly different, and, therefore, the best way to go about ensuring that everyone understands the ins and outs of an estate plan varies widely. Michigan residents may want to think about the following tips when beginning the process of creating estate plans.

Estate administration is an important undertaking

When an estate plan is mapped out and put into motion, the duties of those involved should be clearly outlined and defined, preferably before attending to those duties is necessary. Knowing what role a person is accepting is as important as acting as an estate administrator, and it should not to be taken lightly. Michigan families may want to explore any potential issues or problems to ensure the estate administration process goes smoothly when the time comes to implement the plans.

Simple mistakes can lead to chaos for an estate plan

Many people might not give too much of their time and energy to thinking about the estate planning process. However, having a comprehensive estate plan long before it is needed is the best way to ensure that a Michigan family is properly cared for. However, if an estate plan isn't updated or adjusted as needs arise, it can be just as useless as not having one at all.

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