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10 Reasons to Create an Estate Plan Now

Many people think that estate plans are for someone else, not them. They may rationalize that they are too young or don't have enough money to reap the tax benefits of a plan. But as the following list makes clear, estate planning is for everyone, regardless of age or net worth.



1. Loss of capacity. What if you become incompetent and unable to manage your own affairs? 

Without a plan the courts will select the person to manage your affairs. With a plan, you pick that person through a power of attorney.


2. Minor children. Who will raise your children if you die? 

Without a plan, a court will make that decision. With a plan, you are able to nominate the guardian of your choice.


3. Dying without a will. Who will inherit your assets?