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Tips to help Nevada residents with estate planning

Typically, when a person dies, a portion of that individual's estate goes to a spouse or child. However, not everyone wants to leave assets to their family members when they pass on. If a person specifically disinherits a child in a will, that son or daughter is entitled to nothing. If a child is to be disinherited, it is important that a child be specifically written out of the will regardless of the quality of the relationship between the potential beneficiary and the deceased parent.

What people should know about family members contesting a will

Nevada residents who have been left out of a family member's will and those making their will may be interested to learn whether a family member can contest a will if they are not included in it. The basic answer is yes. It is possible for a family member to contest the validity of a will.

Points to keep in mind when preparing a will

No one likes thinking about dying, but it is a part of life. If a person, especially a parent, fails to prepare a will, they can put their loved ones in a bind. Here are a few things that Nevada residents should keep in mind as they go about estate planning and prepare their wills.

Estate planning for blended families

Couples in Nevada that marry later in life with children from prior relationships may need to pay special attention to estate planning. When people create a will, they are making decisions about how they want their assets to be distributed. It can be important for people to think about all of the complicated family relationships involved to help ensure the outcomes that they desire. If a person leaves their entire estate to their spouse, it becomes his or her property. This means that there is no guarantee that those assets will be later passed on to children or any other party.

Why couples without kids need estate plans

Couples in Nevada and throughout the country have many reasons to create an estate plan even if they don't have children. For example, they could still have assets that they want to give to friends, family members or charitable organizations. A will can be a powerful tool to help a person transfer assets to the individuals or organization that could benefit the most from it. Without a will, assets may be distributed according to state law.

Young people can benefit from estate planning

Younger people may not have put too much thought into planning for the future of their assets after they pass away. Many millennials do not yet have children, and others have accumulated little in terms of assets. While people may have investment accounts, many often struggle with student loans. People who are single with no children are generally less likely to think about making a will or completing other documents. However, adults of any age can benefit from making an estate plan, especially if they want to provide for pets or have a say in key health care decisions.

Comparing the benefits of wills and trusts

One of the most important parts of planning for the future is having a comprehensive estate plan. Nevada residents who want to ensure their loved ones are cared for and their assets are allocated according to their wishes should think about wills and trusts. The individual goals and circumstances will be fundamental factors in deciding which to choose.

Pour-over wills and trusts

Trusts have become the gold standard for many people in Nevada when it comes to making plans for the future. They can be used not only to set up advantageous tax structures during the creator's lifetime but also to pass on key assets after death. Trusts have several advantages for the estate planning process. They provide a higher level of control and specificity about how assets are distributed. In addition, they provide significantly more privacy. Unlike wills that move through the probate courts, trusts are handled as private matters. Trusts also provide greater abilities to create ongoing funds and generational wealth to support future family members, charities or philanthropic work.

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