Back to School, have you done your Homework?

The kids are back to school. Homerooms chosen, emergency contact forms completed, lockers set up and pencils sharpened just-so. But have you done your estate plan homework?

Many people review their estate plan at a regular frequency, often when they review their whole financial plan. The plan should be done with your attorney annually or when there is a life event like the following:

• The birth or adoption of a new child or grandchild
• When a child or grandchild becomes an adult
• When a child or grandchild needs educational funding
• Death or change in circumstances of the guardian named in your will for minor children
• Changes in your number of dependents, such as the addition of caring for an adult
• Change in your or your spouse’s financial goals
• Marriage or divorce
• Illness or disability of your spouse
• Change in your life or long-term care insurance coverage
• Purchasing a home or other large asset
• Borrowing a large amount of money or taking on liability for any other reason
• Large increases or decreases in the value of assets, such as investments
• If you or your spouse receives a large inheritance or gift
• Changes in federal or state laws covering taxes and investments
• If any family member passes away, becomes ill, or becomes disabled
• Death or change in circumstance of your executor or trustee
• Career changes, such as a new job, promotion, or if you start or close a business

Reviewing your plan at regular intervals in addition to major life events will help ensure that your legacy, both financial and otherwise, is passed on in accordance with your wishes and that your beneficiaries receive their benefits as smoothly as possible. This fall, show your children that Mom and Dad do their homework too!  Call us today, 501.221.7776.

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