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Could certain mistakes derail your estate plan?

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Could certain mistakes derail your estate plan?

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2018 | Firm News

Colorado readers understand the many benefits of having a strong estate plan in place. However, even your best efforts to plan well and address specific issues can be futile if you commit certain mistakes as you draft your plan. It is beneficial to be certain missteps and errors will not affect your future.

When there is a problem with an estate plan, it can cause complications in the future. You may find that your plan is no longer valid, or your family may learn after your passing that mistakes could require them to deal with costly and stressful complications. There is great benefit in having guidance as you draft your plan in order to ensure the full protection of your interests.

What mistakes could you be making?

There are certain mistakes you would be wise to avoid as you draft your estate plan. The process of planning for the future can be complex and confusing, and it can be rather easy to commit accidental errors that can cause issues in the future. Some common estate planning mistakes include:

  • Failing to update the plan after major life changes, such as divorce, a death in the family and other significant events
  • Failing to have plans in place in case of a medical emergency or possible disability in the future
  • Choosing the wrong person to administer your estate or failing to change the person as needed
  • Waiting too long to make plans that are important for your legal and financial security

One of the most significant mistakes people make with an estate plan is failing to have a plan. Often people assume they are too young, do not have enough wealth or do not need an estate plan. In reality, even a simple will is prudent, and estate planning is beneficial for individuals and families of all income levels.

Protecting your future can start today

It is not easy to predict the future, but there are steps you can take today that will allow you to have security and peace of mind going forward. One thing you can do is seek a complete evaluation of your case and an explanation of the legal options available to you.

Without an estate plan in place or if there are mistakes in your existing plan, your future could be on the line. With so much at stake, it is smart to take immediate action to put plans in place that meet your needs and suit your objectives.