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SECURE YOUR LEGACY WITH ESTATE PLANNING 101



Many Americans avoid estate planning due to a belief that they lack sufficient assets. This misconception is particularly prevalent in minority communities, where intergenerational wealth accumulation could have a significant impact. According to Consumer Reports, 25% of white Americans, 27% of Hispanic Americans, 25% of Asian Americans who speak English, and 18% of Black Americans feel they don't have enough assets to justify a will. However, estate planning offers many benefits beyond just asset distribution.







HEALTHCARE WISHES
Estate planning isn't just about assets; it's about ensuring your healthcare decisions are respected. Unexpected circumstances like accidents or illnesses could render you incapacitated, making it essential to have a legal document outlining your healthcare preferences. A healthcare power of attorney allows you to designate someone to manage your medical decisions, and a living will expresses your treatment preferences, such as life-sustaining treatment and organ donation. Having these documents in place provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones.








DIGITAL ASSETS
You might not think you have many digital accounts, but the average person has about 100! From bank and brokerage accounts to social media and streaming services, much of what we own exists online. Planning for these accounts in your estate plan can spare your family unnecessary hassle. You can name a "digital executor" to manage your digital assets, or assign this task to your main executor. Clear instructions in your estate plan will ensure your digital property is handled according to your wishes.



NAMING A GUARDIAN FOR CHILDREN
If you have children who are minors, creating or updating your estate plan is crucial. Designating a trusted guardian ensures your children will be cared for according to your wishes if something happens to you. The guardian will be responsible for the child's well-being, healthcare, and education until they become a legal adult. Without a designated guardian, the court may make decisions that don't align with your preferences.








PETS
Although pets are legally considered property, for most they are beloved members of the family. Your estate plan should include provisions for their care, including appointing a guardian who understands their needs and preferences. You can also establish a pet trust, ensuring funds are available for their care. By planning for your pets, you ensure they continue to receive the love and attention they need.



TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY
Items that hold sentimental value, such as family heirlooms and photo albums, should also be included in your estate plan. These possessions may not have significant monetary value but are important for preserving family memories and connections. Documenting your wishes for these items helps avoid confusion and ensures they are passed down to the right people.



FINANCIAL WISHES
Even if you're not wealthy, your estate plan should include financial decisions. A financial power of attorney allows you to designate someone to manage your financial affairs if you become incapacitated. This person can make decisions about selling property or managing expenses, ensuring your financial matters are handled according to your preferences.






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Lisa McCarthy 
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Lisa McCarthy 
513-256-2629
lisa.mccarthy@cbrealty.com




   



   



 
Lisa McCarthy 
513-256-2629
lisa.mccarthy@cbrealty.com