For members of the baby boomer generation, estate planning is about more than organizing their financial affairs. Many Boomers wish to create estate plans that leave a legacy and make a difference in the world. However, when considering these estate planning goals, Boomers might quickly become overwhelmed with the task at hand. A recent article offers simple tips for Boomers to get started on their estate plan and create their legacy.
The first step in creating an estate plan is making a list of all of your assets. This list should include all real estate, valuable personal property, insurance accounts, retirement accounts, the value of any trusts, and any amounts you expect to receive before you pass on. When making this list, be sure to note if any of these assets are tied to debt, such as a mortgage or lien on a home. After you list your assets, consider how you would like to distribute them, and who you would like your beneficiaries to be.
Next, consider who you would like to serve as your financial power of attorney. This is the person who is tasked with managing your financial affairs should you become incapacitated. Remember that incapacity can take many forms, such as mild dementia or an intensive hospitalization after an accident. You may limit this power if you wish. For example, you could provide a limited power of attorney to only handle your small business. With these important decisions, creating an estate plan will be essential in detailing your wishes should you become incapacitated.