Estate Planning Checklist: 12 Things to Get in Order

It may not be a fun thing to think about or talk about, but it’s important to get your estate planning organized. Unfortunately, death doesn’t just happen to other people. We should all get our affairs in order so that our loved ones can focus on grieving and moving on once we pass.

Estate planning isn’t just something for retirees or people with multiple homes. All of us need to take this step and determine how and by whom decisions will be made if we are incapacitated or near the end of our life.

Last Will and Testament

Wills are mainly used to specify how you want to distribute your assets. Assets can include things like personal property, real estate, cars, bank accounts, art, jewelry, or stocks.

Digital Logins and Passwords

It’s not uncommon for people to have dozens of digital accounts, containing vital information about our assets.

Property Deeds and Titles

Any titles you have for cars, homes, or real estate need to be gathered and put in a safe place. Details on that “safe place” need to be shared with one or two key people in your life, like your next of kin and/or your will’s executor.

Revocable Living Trust

A revocable living trust is a type of legal instrument that allows you to use and control your property while you’re alive, but also change who inherits it at will.

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