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When should you start estate planning?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Many people believe estate planning is something to consider later in life, but starting early can provide significant benefits. In New Jersey, it’s wise to begin your estate plan as soon as you have assets or responsibilities you want to protect and manage.

Starting early

Starting your estate plan early ensures you’ve documented your wishes clearly and in a legally binding way. Even if you’re young and healthy, you’ll want a plan, as life is unpredictable. 

With an estate plan in place, your loved ones will save time, money, and stress in the event of an unexpected tragedy.

Major life events

Significant life changes, such as marriage, the birth of a child, or purchasing a home, are key moments to create or update your estate plan. These events often come with new responsibilities and financial considerations.

Changes in assets

As you accumulate more assets over time, revising your estate plan to include new properties, investments, or significant acquisitions is important. Estate planning allows you to designate beneficiaries and specify how your assets are distributed. 

This process helps prevent potential disputes among heirs and ensures your assets are managed according to your desires.

Legal requirements

New Jersey estate law requires certain documents to be in place for an estate plan to be effective. These documents may include a will, a durable power of attorney, and a healthcare directive. Consulting with an estate planning attorney can help you understand the specific requirements and complete all necessary paperwork properly.

Don’t delay your estate planning. Starting early and regularly updating your plan can secure your financial future and provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.


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