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Is your estate plan missing important documents?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Are you confident that your estate plan covers all your needs? In Texas, having a comprehensive estate plan is crucial to ensure your loved ones respect your wishes and your assets are protected after you pass away. Whether you are starting from scratch or updating existing plans, knowing the key elements will keep you prepared for the future.

Essential documents for a Texas estate plan

Crafting a comprehensive estate plan in Texas involves several key documents to safeguard your assets and decision-making. Here’s what you need to include:

  • Will: Outlines how you want your assets distributed after you pass away. It allows you to designate beneficiaries, minimizing disputes among survivors. 
  • Durable power of attorney: Appoints someone you trust to manage your financial affairs if you become unable to do so yourself. This document is effective immediately upon signing and remains in effect if you lose capacity. 
  • Advance healthcare directive: Specifies your healthcare preferences in situations where you cannot make decisions due to illness or incapacity. This includes your desires regarding life support and other critical medical interventions. 

Updating your estate plan

Estate planning also involves updates, which need to be done regularly to ensure they accurately reflect your current circumstances and wishes. Significant life events such as getting married, welcoming a new child, or buying a home are key moments to revisit your plan. These changes can dramatically affect how you might want your assets handled and distributed.

By reviewing your estate plan after such events, you can ensure that it still serves your intentions. It’s wise to check your documents periodically, even if no major life event has occurred, to confirm that everything is up-to-date. 

By including key documents, you can safeguard your legacy and provide clear instructions for your loved ones. With a comprehensive estate plan, you can have peace of mind knowing that your future is secure and that you can still take care of your loved ones after you pass away.