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The Importance of Having an Estate Plan

posted on 4/14/2023 by Nathan Schroeder in Press Releases

As much as we hate to think about our own mortality, it's important to have a solid plan in place for the distribution of our assets and the transfer of our legacies to our loved ones. A well-crafted estate plan or will can provide peace of mind for you and your family and protect your assets from unnecessary taxes and legal fees.

One of the key benefits of having an estate plan or will is that it ensures that your wishes are carried out after you pass away. Without a will, the court may make important decisions about the distribution of your assets based on state laws, which may not align with your wishes. This can cause unnecessary stress and frustration for your family during an already difficult time.

An estate plan or will can also help minimize taxes and legal fees, which can save your beneficiaries a significant amount of money. For example, naming beneficiaries for your assets, such as retirement accounts and life insurance policies, can help them avoid the probate process and its associated costs. Additionally, trusts can help you transfer assets to your loved ones while minimizing estate taxes and ensuring that your assets are used in the way you intended.

Furthermore, an estate plan or will can help provide for your loved ones, especially if you have minor children. You can name guardians for your children in your will and establish trusts to ensure that they are provided for financially until they can assume responsibility for themselves. You can also make arrangements for the care of elderly or disabled family members.

In short, having an estate plan or will is crucial. It protects your assets, provides for your loved ones, and ensures that your wishes are carried out after you pass away. Working with a qualified attorney to create an estate plan or will is the best way to ensure that your assets are protected and your family is taken care of according to your wishes. Contact a Dutton Law Firm Estate Planning Attorney today by calling (319) 234-4471.

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About The Author

Nate Schroeder practices in civil litigation and is a partner at Dutton Law Firm. He focuses his practice in cases involving probate litigation (will contests), personal injury (car accidents), and insurance defense. Schroeder received his undergraduate degree from University of Iowa and law degree from the Drake University and has been with the firm since 2013.