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What steps can you take to simplify the estate planning process?

Many people in New Jersey may have the vague idea that they should have an estate plan but may have no idea where to begin. Estate planning can be complex, but there are some basic steps you can take prior to executing an estate planning that may help the process run more smoothly.

Guiding you through the estate planning process

For some, it is hard to think beyond this year, let alone this month or this week. Planning for the future can be challenging because there are many what-ifs and uncertainty. While no one can be completely prepared for what is to come, there are some measures individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere can take to help protect their assets and wishes in the event of their incapacitation or death.

Is estate planning only for the old and wealthy?

When people in Parsippany think of estate planning, they may conjure up the image of a rich old relative dictating his last will and testament on his deathbed. However, even the young or those of modest means can benefit from having an estate plan. There are a number of good reasons why estate planning is valuable to just about anyone.

Choosing who will fulfill the roles specified in your estate plan

Most people in New Jersey will agree that contemplating their death is anything but pleasant. Nevertheless, by executing an estate plan, you can address the inevitable by dictating who will inherit your assets and what kind of end-of-life care you prefer. However, there are important aspects of estate planning that could have a major impact on how your estate plan will be handled when the time comes.

Celebrity death exemplifies benefits of estate planning

Foodies and travelers alike in New Jersey may have been saddened to hear of the death of celebrity television personality, Anthony Bourdain, who rose to fame through his food and travel shows. Sometimes, when we hear of a celebrity death, we also find out that the celebrity lacked a proper estate plan, often leading to disputes and litigation. However, Bourdain did leave an estate plan that highlights what was important to him.

Don't forget about collectibles when estate planning

Whether it is artwork, stamps, jewelry, coins, antiques or more, many people in Parsippany enjoy collecting things. Some people collect many of these items over the course of their lifetime, resulting in a large collection that has not just sentimental value, but financial value as well. Therefore, they may want to think about how they will pass these collections on to their heirs through estate planning.

Can you include a pet in your estate plan?

When people in Parsippany think of their heirs and beneficiaries, they may think of their spouses, children, grandchildren and other loved ones. Therefore, they may execute a will or trust to ensure their loved ones are provided for upon their death. However, what about the other important members of their families -- their pets? A person's dog, cat or other pet also needs to be provided for after its owner dies. Fortunately, there are steps a person can take to ensure their animal companions are taken care of if they outlive their owners.

When having a will isn't enough for your estate plan

Many Parsippany residents may have already gone through the process of drafting a will. After doing so, they may consider their estate planning duties to be complete and will take no further action. However, what they may not realize is that a will is just one component of a well-rounded estate plan.

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