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What is the most critical document in an estate plan?

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Estate Planning |

It can be intimidating to consider what will happen someday after you pass. It is not easy to consider your own mortality, and for this reason, you may delay your estate planning efforts or put off important steps that will keep your estate plans current. However, it is critical that you carefully review all your plans to ensure that you have all the documents necessary for the full amount of protection you need.

One of the most important things you can do regarding your future plans is to make sure that you have not accidentally overlooked the inclusion of certain important documents. If there is something important missing from your strategy, it can lead to complications, costs and additional stress for your loved ones.

Important aspects of any plan

An important reason for creating an estate plan is the ability to have the final say over what happens to your property and your medical care either after your death or in case of incapacitation. When you lack important documents, it may be difficult to accurately act upon your wishes, and it can put your family members in a difficult position. For many people, drafting a will is the first step in the estate planning process. This is a document that outlines what you want to happen to your personal property in the event of your death.

While a will is often the first step in an estate plan, it may not necessarily be the most important document in your plan. Experts suggest that including the critical medical care documents is actually the most important step in any estate plan. These are documents that allow you to have the final say over your medical care in case you are unable to speak for yourself due to injury or illness.

Protection for the future

One of the most important steps for any New Jersey adult is to have a thoughtful and thorough estate plan in place. Life is unpredictable, and having a complete plan in place can provide you with the peace of mind you need to face the future with confidence. An assessment of your needs and objectives can provide you with insight on the specific documents you need for your estate plan.


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