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Estate planning when you have a chronic illness

It is not unusual for a person in New Jersey to have a chronic illness. Some chronic illnesses, such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's will become progressively worse over time and will eventually make it difficult for a person to communicate their wishes or care for themselves. Therefore, it is very important that those with a chronic illness execute an estate plan while they are still able to do so.

Avoid making these common estate planning mistakes

Most people in New Jersey execute an estate plan with the intention that it will meet their wishes and benefit their heirs. However, a poorly drafted estate plan or an outdated estate plan can lead to undesirable complications when it comes to enforcing your wishes.

Why is it prudent to review your estate plan from time-to-time?

Some people in Parsippany have executed a comprehensive estate plan, including a will, trust, living will, and power of attorney. However, it is a mistake to simply file that estate plan away allowing it to collect dust as the years pass on. In fact, there are several reasons why a person will want to update their estate plan.

Why is estate planning important for blended families?

Families in New Jersey come in all shapes and sizes these days, and it is not unusual for a person to marry a second time either due to divorce or the death of their first spouse. Oftentimes there are children from a first marriage, resulting in a blended family with step-parents and step-children. In such situations, it is important to have a well-rounded estate plan that meets your wishes both for your new spouse and your children from your first marriage, especially if those children are now adults.

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.

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