Estate Planning

Many people mistakenly believe estate planning begins when you’re close to retirement. They also believe Medicaid pays for unlimited in-home care and assisted living facilities, if needed. Quite the contrary. The earlier you begin to create and act on a plan, the more stable and prosperous your retirement is likely to be. Who will make decisions for you medically and financially if you can’t do so for yourself? What will become of your home? How will you pay for assisted living if needed? Outlining your future brings a sense of peace and security that you’ll cherish.

Estate planning is not one size fits all for all families. It needs to be carefully customized to the individual circumstances of each family member. It is important that the attorney is given a complete list of the family assets and how title is held. Property which is held individually will be treated differently in an Estate Plan than title which is held jointly by two or more individuals. There are also different ways in which two or more individuals jointly hold title that needs to be coordinated with the terms of a Will or Trust.

In preparing the Estate Plan the attorney should be made aware of the relationships between family members and any special circumstances such as a disabled child, an impending divorce of a potential beneficiary or creditor problems someone may be experiencing,

The health of each family member is an important factor that is often overlooked. Health concerns may require special considerations when drawing up a Power of Attorney or a Trust. The time to start planning is now.

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Robert W. Shaw is licensed in New York.