Writing a will and planning for your death is never a fun or pleasant thing to think about. No one wants to worry about writing wills and estate planning, but it is something that every adult must do if they want to protect their assets and make things easier on their families when they die. Wills and estate planning are also challenging for some people to understand and take a lot of detailed considerations, especially if you have a lot of assets or heirs. One of the most common questions people have is knowing when to start estate planning.
Well, the answer is sooner than later. Every adult should put together an estate plan, and your twenties is a perfect time. You should start considering wills and estate planning as soon as you start accumulating owned property—a car, life insurance through your work, a home. However, having a will is also essential because once you are over eighteen, your parents no longer automatically get to make medical decisions for you. You’ll need a healthcare directive and power of attorney if you want to ensure your medical wishes are adhered to rather than just hospital policy if you are ever severely injured, ill, or incapacitated. The medical aspect is the most important reason for people in their twenties to start wills and estate planning.
Most people will have started their families when they are in their thirties and have a spouse, children, or both. If you haven’t started thinking about your will by this time, you should definitely start planning now. You need to protect your family assets and ensure they are financially independent after your death. If you’ve had a will set up before getting married or having children, now is the time to review the documents.
If you reach your forties and fifties and still haven’t started estate planning, don’t worry. Forty-two percent of people over fifty years old do not have legal wills or estate planning completed. You should get proactive about these plans, though, and find an estate planning lawyer that can help. You should also talk to your parents and ensure they’re own plans are up-to-date.
If you’re interested in learning more about wills and estate planning, call the Law Offices of Kimberly K. Muenter, P.A. at 941-213-7325.