Estate Read Time: 3 min

Critical Estate Documents

Financial Documents

 Joint OwnershipDurable Power of AttorneyLiving Trust
What does it do?Enables you to own property jointly with another personAuthorizes someone to handle legal and financial decisions if you become incapacitatedHolds your belongings until your death
Can it authorize someone to handle your financial affairs if you are unable to communicate?Generally, nocheckGenerally, no
Can it specify how you want your belongings transferred after your death?check
But only those belongings owned jointly
Generally, nocheck
Is it private?checkcheckcheck
When does it go into effect?As soon as joint ownership is recordedEither immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)When the document is signed and the trust is funded
Does it require court involvement?NoNoNo

Health Care Documents

 Living WillPower of AttorneyPower of Attorney for Health Care
What does it do?Provides specific instructions about medical care and artificial life supportAuthorizes someone to handle legal and financial decisions on your behalfAuthorizes someone to make health care decisions on your behalf
Can it outline your medical wishes if you are unable to communicate?checkGenerally, noGenerally, no, but it does authorize someone to make medical decisions on your behalf
Can it authorize someone to handle your financial affairs if you are unable to communicate?Generally, nocheckGenerally, no
DurationNo expiration; can be revised or revoked at any timeDepends on specifics in the document; can be revised or revoked at any timeDepends on specifics in the document; can be revoked or revised at any time
Is it private?checkcheckcheck
When does it go into effect?Upon your incapacityEither immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)Either immediately or upon a specific trigger event (such as your incapacity)

Note: Power of attorney laws can vary from state to state. An estate strategy that includes trusts may involve a complex web of tax rules and regulations. Consider working with a knowledgeable estate management professional before implementing such strategies.

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright FMG Suite.

Free Retirement Guide

It's never too soon to start preparing for retirement. But do you know what to look out for? Download our free ebook, "Retire Happy: A Simple Guide to Your Next Big Adventure."



Thank you! Oops!
 

Related Content

Key Money Moments: 4 Times You Should Talk to a Pro

Key Money Moments: 4 Times You Should Talk to a Pro

Life happens fast, and your finances can take a backseat if you’re not careful. Is it time to check in with a financial professional? This infographic will help you examine your own financial situation and decide if it’s time to step up your financial game.

Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents

As our nation ages, many Americans are turning their attention to caring for aging parents.

Financially Savvy at Six Figures

Financially Savvy at Six Figures

Help your clients with these practical steps to make the most of their six-figure income.

 

Have A Question About This Topic?







Thank you! Oops!

Your Shifting Risk Tolerance

Time and market performance may subtly and slowly imbalance your portfolio.

Debt Stress

There’s a link between debt and stress.

What's My 2023 Tax Bracket?

Check out this handy reference of updated ranges from the IRS in case your designated bracket has changed.

View all articles

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

View all calculators

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

Questions to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

Doing your research is key before buying a vacation home.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are thousands of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

View all videos