Don’t be surprised if there comes a point when you realize that your estate plan no longer suits you. Should this happen, it’s critical that you take immediate action. You don’t want to let an outdated estate plan linger for too long, as you’re taking a risk.
Here’s what you should do:
- Review your estate plan in its entirety: Doing so allows you to make note of anything that requires your attention. No matter how big or small the detail, don’t push it to the side. Make note of what needs changed and take action as required.
- Layout your options: Some changes are easy to make, as there’s only one option for doing so. Conversely, other changes are open for interpretation, meaning that you can go down a variety of paths. When you know all your options, it’s much easier to make a confident decision.
- Consult with a professional: Just as when you were creating an estate plan, it’s best to consult with an attorney when altering what you already have in place. This isn’t something you should do on your own, as you could make a mistake that costs you and/or your family time and/or money. Furthermore, some mistakes can put a lot of stress on you or your loved ones, such as in the event of incapacity or your passing.
When you create an estate plan, you do so with the hope that it’ll suit you for the rest of your life. But in the back of your mind, it’s important that you never forget that things can and will change as the years go by.
If you need to review and possibly alter your estate plan, you’re in the right place. Contact us for all the guidance you need to make informed decisions.
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