How Can I Avoid the Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

It is important for everyone to create an estate plan, no matter their age. This allows them to prepare for their future and death. This can provide you with comfort in knowing your estate will be taken care of the way you want it to when the time comes. However, the process of creating this plan is not always easy. There are many different ways it can be done depending on what your desires are for your estate. This can make it easy to make a mistake that can impact the effectiveness of your estate plan. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Alabama estate planning attorney for assistance.

Not Creating a Will

Failing to have an estate plan can cause your loved ones to lose out on cherished assets. This is because there is no guidance on how you want your estate to be administered. It is because of this that, in these situations, your estate can become the property of Alabama. When this happens, it can be distributed by the state based on a succession schedule. This may not be what you would have wanted for your assets, which is why it is better to create an estate plan as soon as possible.

Trying to Create Your Own Will

You are not required to use an estate planning attorney to create an estate plan. There are many free options available online that can be used instead. However, while this can be enticing, it is very easy to make mistakes in the estate planning process that can open you up to certain legal pitfalls. By utilizing the services of an attorney, you can ensure your plan accomplishes everything you want it to. 

Failing to Plan for Incapacitation

Estate plans are not only used to prepare for death. They can also designate certain individuals who can help to take care of you and make decisions on your behalf in the event that you cannot do so yourself. While no one wants to consider the idea of being mentally or physically incapacitated, it is crucial to prepare in advance instead of being caught off guard without a plan. 

Failing to Update Your Estate Plan

People experience many different changes in life as it goes on. This can include different losses and gains. An estate plan should always reflect these changes. It is because of this that you should revisit and update your plan several times throughout your life. The rule of thumb is to look at your estate plan every 3-5 years to be sure it still reflects your wishes for your estate.

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