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Why you should be thinking about heirlooms in estate planning?

When deciding what assets to leave heirs, some property can be relatively straightforward. Things like insurance benefits, cash, bonds and stocks all have a concrete value that can be measured and distributed accordingly to a person's preference. But what about property that is not so easy to address? When dealing with things like art, jewelry or heirloom items, people in Lake Charles may want to take extra care during estate planning.

Own cryptocurrency? You need to include it in estate planning

Tech-savvy people in Lake Charles may have already included most of their digital assets in their estate plan. Things like social media log-in information, access to cloud storage, digital financial information and more should all be listed in a person's will, but many people still overlook a huge digital asset -- cryptocurrency. While this type digital asset is usually prized for its privacy and anonymity, going so far as to leave it out of estate planning can be a mistake.  

Continuing charitable giving through estate planning

Many people in Lake Charles choose to support various charities throughout their lifetime. That drive to help often translates into a desire to leave a lasting legacy. By building charitable giving directly into the estate planning process, individuals can continue providing valuable support to the charity of their choice. 

Can estate planning prevent fights after my death?

An estate plan is supposed to make things easier for family members dealing with a loved one's death. Well-crafted wills and carefully planned trusts can do just that, but some people fail to take the careful approach that will yield these kinds of results. Lake Charles residents can minimize the chance of in-family fighting by approaching estate planning with an objective and cautious eye to detail. 

Should your family consider small succession?

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but the grieving process can be even more complicated when they fail to leave behind a will. A lack of estate planning documents can leave you and other potential heirs confused about how to handle your family member's estate, but you may have options for an easier approach. Estates valued at $125,000 or less can be handled through small succession, a process that is usually quicker and less expensive than typical succession. 

Establish a legacy, pass on values with estate planning

Most people already know that they should have a will that outlines how they would like their estate to be handled, including the distribution of their assets to heirs. However, this is just the tip of the estate planning iceberg. More than just passing on physical possessions, people in Lake Charles can pass on their values and create a lasting legacy

When should I start estate planning?

For young adults in Lake Charles, creating an estate plan can seem more than necessary. After all, what could a person with few assets and no dependents have to protect? As it turns out, quite a lot. Estate planning in early adulthood is essential for virtually everyone, even those who are young and healthy.

The role of a special needs trust in estate planning

While some parents in Lake Charles prepare to send their children off to college or out into the world for their first "grown-up" jobs, others are traveling a somewhat different path. Parents of special needs parents often provide care for their children for much longer than average, and with that comes certain obstacles, particularly those related to finances. When used as part of estate planning, special needs trusts can greatly benefit everyone involved.

Estate planning after divorce

Every year, couples across the Lake Charles area let out a deep sigh of relief as they finalize their divorces and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, many forget one last thing when wrapping up the loose ends of their old married lives -- their wills. Anyone who has experienced a major life change should revisit the estate planning process and make important updates as needed. 

Marvel idol Stan Lee struggling with estate planning problems

Fans of popular Marvel Comics super heroes often idolize Stan Lee, the former editor-in-chief and creator of many popular characters. However, few fans might know of his current estate planning problems. Like many elderly Lake Charles residents, Lee was allegedly taken advantage of by men who tried to manipulate his estate and gain control of valuable assets.

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