Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.
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Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.
Determining the value of your estate, or for someone who has passed away, can be a complex undertaking.
Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."
Probate can be a completely public process, or it can be managed to include as little information as possible.
Living trusts are popular, but their appropriateness will depend upon your individual needs and objectives.
Second marriages are a trigger event to revisit any existing estate strategies.
Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.
Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
Estate conservation is too important to put off. Do you have a smart exit strategy?
A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.
If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?
Do you have causes that you want to support with donations?
A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.
When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.