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Estate Planning is One Step in Financial Health

What is financial Health? Financial health is the state of your finances. If you have good financial health, you are managing your assets, paying your debts, and saving for retirement. You also are planning for your spouse and children should something happen to you. CNN has a nine step approach to test your financial health to see if you are on track to reach your retirement goals despite this economy. The nine steps have to do with saving for retirement, diversifying your investments, staying out of debt, maintaining an emergency fund, etc. Several of the steps involve estate planning.

The fifth step for example asks whether your estate plan is in order. Do you have a document to designate a guardian for your minor children? Have you named beneficiaries for your 401(k)s, IRAs, and insurance policies, and are they up to date? Do you have a durable power of attorney for health care? Have you set up a trust so that your children will not receive an inheritance upon turning 18? These are all important issues that are part of being financially healthy.

The seventh step asks whether you have or will be receiving an inheritance. This is important because inheriting from your parents or others can affect your own estate and require the drafting of a different kind of trust than the one you have. Inheriting a retirement account such as a 401(k) or an IRA can be tricky so you should seek professional advice if you are the beneficiary of one of these. Tax concerns may be another area that should be addressed.

If we can help with getting your estate plan drafted, reviewed, or amended, call us at Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation. We can assist with any of these or other estate planning issues.

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