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How can you pass assets to your loved ones?

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2023 | Estate Planning

Estate planning is a crucial process that ensures your assets are handled according to your wishes. It involves preparing for the management of your estate after your death.

There are various ways that you can get assets where you want them to go. It’s critical to set your expectations and have your wishes clearly defined so you can set things up accordingly. Understanding the options you have at your disposal is critical.

A comprehensive will

A will specifies how you want your assets distributed after your death. It allows you to designate beneficiaries for your property and possessions and appoint a guardian for minor children. 

Without a will, your assets are distributed according to Florida intestate laws, which may not align with your personal wishes. Creating a will is fundamental in estate planning, ensuring your assets are bequeathed as you intend.

Trusts that are carefully planned

Trusts are legal arrangements where a trustee holds and manages assets on behalf of beneficiaries. They offer greater control over how and when your assets are distributed. 

Minimizing estate taxes, protecting property from creditors or providing for a family member with special needs are some key benefits that trusts offer. There are several types of trusts, each with advantages and purposes, making them a versatile tool in estate planning.

Getting the estate plan set up as soon as possible can help you to provide for your loved ones when you pass away. Once you have it set up, you’ll have peace of mind, but remember to review it periodically to ensure everything still reflects the wishes that you have for your assets.