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Estate PlanningPretty much everyone should have at least a basic estate plan in place.  Estate planning is the process of putting in place legally effective arrangements whereby a person can accomplish objectives such as the following:

  • Reduce or eliminate potential fees and taxes
  • Avoid probate
  • Appoint guardians for minor children
  • Protect assets
  • Spell out healthcare wishes
  • Ensure an efficient distribution of assets

If possible, I recommend using a qualified estate planning professional, such as an attorney

If you can’t afford an attorney or choose not to use one, there are also do it yourself options where you answer some questions and then the website or software generates the various legal forms reflecting your responses.  Some of these options include the following:

For additional estate planning information, see our Estate Planning articles in the Personal Finance section of the site.

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