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Estate plan tips for single parents

For single parents in Nevada and elsewhere, it is important to have an estate plan in place. This is because a minor child will still need to be cared for in the event that a mother or father passes on. An estate plan may allow a parent to determine who the child's guardian will be and how he or she should be raised. It can also allow a parent to create a trust to provide financially for a son or daughter.

Carrie Fisher's executor asks to distribute assets

Movie buffs in Nevada remember Carrie Fisher from her roles in Star Wars and other memorable movies. According to Fisher's executor, her estate is worth $6.8 million, and he asked that the estate become part of the Carrie Fisher Living Trust. Her executor is the trustee while her daughter is the beneficiary of the trust. The estate had a variety of items, including a car, collectible pieces and publicity rights.

Do you need additions to your existing estate plan?

If you have an estate plan, you may assume that you have all the protection you may need for the future. While a basic will or a trust can help you protect your family's financial interests, there are steps you can take to ensure you address your health care needs as well. Through specific types of estate planning tools, you can make choices that allow you to decide what type of health care you will want down the road.

Mistakes to avoid when creating an estate plan

While estate planning is important for all adults in Nevada, it is critical to do so properly. A common mistake that people make is to leave assets directly to minors. A better idea is to leave the asset to a trust that a minor child or grandchild is the beneficiary of. If a trust is created, it needs to be funded before its creator passes on. Otherwise, assets that were intended for the trust may still need to go though probate.

Anticipating family conflict and creating an estate plan

One of the biggest challenges for some people in Nevada who are creating an estate plan may be dealing with family dynamics. If not attended to, conflict can lead to litigation, and ultimately, a person's wishes may not be carried out. However, there are steps that can be taken that may prevent this.

Tips for avoiding common estate planning mistakes

One common error people in Nevada might make regarding an estate plan is having one that family members cannot access. People may encrypt an estate plan on a computer or place it in a safe deposit box. An attorney may be able to help a person plan how to best store the estate plan that allows for both security and necessary access.

Estate plans cover a multitude of wishes

In Las Vegas, Nevada, the distribution of property is often part of a detailed estate plan. Although some people detest the thought of establishing estate plans, sound financial planning regarding estates can offer peace of mind. Some people avoid thinking about inheritance issues because of superstitious beliefs. These superstitious individuals believe that making their wills may cause bad luck or even death. The fact is that people eventually die regardless of whether they have wills or estate plans.

Does your estate plan include your pet?

You have likely seen the commercials that feature abandoned and abused dogs and cats left to survive and struggle on their own. These commercials often make pet owners pull their animals close and assure them such a thing will never happen to them because you love and care for them as members of the family.

Power of attorney is an essential estate planning tool

When many people in Las Vegas think of estate planning, they often imagine a will or trust. They would be correct in considering these to be the foundations of a proper estate plan. However, estate planning attorneys may advise that other documents are just as necessary. One of the more important documents is the power of attorney.

Potential estate planning risks associated with online wills

Some people in Nevada are ardent do-it-yourselfers when it comes to everything from household tasks to taxes. But a DIY approach to preparing a will could contribute to some oversights or missteps that may be problematic for loved ones left behind. One potential problem is that some sites may omit important companion documents, such as a financial power of attorney and an advance healthcare directive, or only offer them with higher-priced packages.

Potential pitfalls of naming family members as trustees

Estate plans sometimes use Nevada trusts to achieve goals like privacy or reduction of estate taxes. Heirs could also benefit from trusts because these entities shield assets from creditors and divorces. A trust by its nature must have a trustee to manage assets and distribute funds according to the terms laid out in the trust documents. The trustee can be a family member named by the benefactor, an attorney, or an institution like a trust company. Although people might feel inclined to select their spouses or children as trustees, an outside party could present the best choice.

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