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Considerations for women when drafting wills and estate plans

The point of an estate plan is to have a plan in place that outlines what a person wants to happen to his or her estate after passing away. It can also include plans for medical care and support a person may need in case of a debilitating injury or illness in the future. Every person's needs are different, but when drafting wills and other estate planning documents, there are often differences between what men and women should consider.

Addressing valuable assets in wills and estate planning documents

It is not always easy to plan for the future and make decisions that could impact a family's financial future. However, estate planning is an important step, particularly for those who have valuable assets and other things they have specific plans for after their passing. Through carefully drafted wills and other estate planning measures, a person can ensure that his or wishes for specific assets are honored. 

It is prudent to have wills and other estate plans in place

Estate planning is a prudent step for all Georgia adults, regardless of income, the size of the person's estate and health status. For married and single individuals alike, there is significant benefit in drafting wills and other estate planning documents to have protection and peace of mind. Failure to have even a basic will can be financially imprudent, leading to risk and complications down the road.

What happens when there are multiple wills for an estate?

After the death of a loved one, Georgia family members will review estate planning documents and determine what that individual wanted to do with his or her estate. Often, this means looking at a will to see what the decedent wanted to happen with assets, money, real estate and more. However, this process can become quite complicated when the family discovers there are multiple wills for the estate.

Wills can protect loved ones from unnecessary complications

Estate planning looks different for every person and family. What is necessary to have the right protections in place depend on factors such as the size of the Georgia estate, beneficiaries and goals a person may have for his or her future. Often, people overlook the importance of wills because they do not believe it is necessary for their situation or they misunderstand how a will can greatly benefit loved ones left behind.

Putting cryptocurrency in wills is only part of an estate plan

As the digital world fills more and more facets of modern life, many people in Georgia have made the choice to purchase cryptocurrency to include in their assets. People who own and use cryptocurrency might not have realized that this type of asset should be included in an estate plan. However, doing so might not be as simple as just writing out their wishes in their wills. The recent death of a billionaire who owned the digital marketplace QuadrigaCX shows just how important it is to ensure that cryptocurrency can be accessed by those who inherit it. Experts have a few suggestions on making that easier.

Wills: A trust can protect an adult child living at home

Recent reports say that the number of multi-generational households has grown by 30 percent in the last two decades. There are many reasons for this, including divorce, losing a job or a parent needing care from an adult child. Here in Georgia, if one child lives with his or her parents for an extended amount of time, the parents may wish to leave their home to that child. Though leaving a home to all children in an equal share seems fair, it can leave the child who was living at home without a place to live once the parents pass on. Experts say that the way to avoid this problem is for families to create a trust as part the provisions of their wills.

Don't forget digital assets when creating wills, other documents

Creating estate plans is a step that many Georgia residents have already taken. However, if older individuals created their plans years ago, they may have become lax on keeping their plans updated. If so, now may be an important time to review wills and other planning documents.

How to structure wills to protect foreign assets

Some Georgia residents are fortunate enough to own a vacation home in another country, a business venture on distant shores or a boat registered in a foreign port. While all of these assets can be incredibly rewarding, they also pose a specific set of estate planning needs. Wills and other documents must be structured in very specific ways to ensure these assets are handled properly once the time comes. 

Mistakes with wills and other documents can lead to problems

Estate planning is a process that involves important decisions that can impact a person's family and his or her own health care in the future. The decisions made are often complex, and Georgians understand the importance of carefully considering all choices that may affect their long-term interests. Proceeding carefully and avoiding certain mistakes is an important factor when drafting wills and other estate planning documents.

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