Review your estate plan after these 10 events

The start of a new year is often a time people look at their lives and consider what, if anything, they want to change. People might decide to get healthier, be more adventurous or quit bad habits. This can also be an excellent time to think about your estate planning goals.

Your wishes for your estate and care needs can change over time, which is why it is essential to review your estate plan from time to time. Starting a new year could prompt you to do this; you might also revisit your plan after the following 10 events.

  1. Marriage
  2. Divorce
  3. Birth of a child or grandchild
  4. Death of a loved one
  5. Estrangement
  6. Diagnosis or recovery involving a serious illness
  7. A significant change in assets or liabilities
  8. Relocating to a new state
  9. Changes in state or federal laws
  10. Any event that shifts your perspective on end-of-life care

What makes these events important

In terms of estate planning, events that affect our relationships can change who our beneficiaries and decision-makers are. Additionally, events like the birth of a child can require critical additions to an estate plan, such as appointing a guardian.

Changes involving lifestyle can influence what we have to leave behind in terms of gifts and legacy. And when there are updates to estate planning laws or when you move to a new state, the legal changes may prompt you to make some valuable revisions.

These are all events that can render previous plans inaccurate or create confusion among loved ones.

Updating your estate plan after significant events like these can be essential. Not only will it ensure the documents continue to reflect your wishes, but updating your plan can provide critical clarification and revisions that allow your loved ones and the courts to carry out your wishes more easily.

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