It is an unpleasant thing to think about but having your estate in order before something happens to you is critical.
By Echo Huang, CFA, CFP®, CPA
Nobody likes thinking about the end, or picking a guardian to raise your children, or having to pick which of your children would best at managing your money in your absence. But the thing about estate planning is, if you don’t do it, you lose your say in how things are handled when you pass away or if you are incapacitated and unable to speak on your own behalf. Without a will, your estate may end up in court, divvied up based on a judge’s decision—not your own. Without specific terms set in place, you may not get the medical care you would prefer, or the preferred custodial caretaker for your children. For those reasons, it is better to face the discomfort of our mortality and make sure everything is up to date and in order. With your estate planning checked off your list, you can rest assured that in an unthinkable situation, you and your family will be covered.