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When should you update your estate plan?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Estate planning protects your assets and your loved ones after you are gone. However, even solid estate plans require updates to address changes in your life.

Regular updates to your estate plan ensure that wills and other documents still suit your needs. More importantly, an updated estate plan also offers peace of mind.

Life changes

Major life events such as marriage, divorce or the birth of children necessitate updates to your estate plan. Remember that beneficiaries, guardianship arrangements and asset distribution must reflect your current situation.

Evolving family dynamics

Family dynamics can also change over time. By updating your estate plan, you ensure that your wishes align with the current state of your family relationships, avoiding potential problems down the road.

Financial landscape fluctuations

Significant changes in your wealth, investments or income levels may impact your estate plan. Periodic reviews help ensure that your plan remains in sync with your financial goals and provides the necessary protection for your assets.

Legislative updates matter

Laws governing estates and taxes can change. Regularly reviewing your estate plan allows you to incorporate any new legal developments that may affect your assets and their distribution. Staying informed about these changes helps you maintain a robust and up-to-date plan.

Health matters

Health issues can impact your ability to make decisions. That is why you should include advance healthcare directives and power of attorney in your estate plan. These tools outline your preferences and ensure that trusted individuals can make decisions on your behalf.

Minimizing potential disputes

Disagreements between your heirs can cause major issues with your estate. By providing clear instructions and keeping your plan current, you minimize the risk of misunderstandings or conflicts among your heirs.

CNBC reports that 67% of Americans lacked an estate plan in 2022. While creating a plan is important, revising the plan as needed is equally so.