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Estate planning isn't just for baby boomers

Delaware's baby boomers are not the only ones who need to get their affairs in order to ensure their families are taken care of after their deaths. No one knows what the future holds, and it pays to be prepared. That means that even millennials could benefit from estate planning, especially if they have families of their own.

Making the most of estate planning with a revocable living trust

Not every Delaware resident should receive an inheritance outright or is old enough to inherit property. In order to make the most of estate planning, it may be beneficial to consider using a revocable living trust. This type of trust is created during an individual's life and can be changed, altered or modified until his or her death, at which time no further changes can be made to it.

Consider each child's needs in estate planning

Delaware parents strive to provide for their children both before and after death. During estate planning, many parents struggle with ensuring that they treat each child fairly, and for many people, fair means equal. Unfortunately, equal does not always adequately provide for every child.

Review estate planning documents at the beginning of the year

Many Delaware residents use the beginning of the year to reevaluate their lives and life choices. This is also a good time to review any estate planning done previously. Keeping these documents up to date can prevent issues for surviving family members when the time comes.

Estate planning for grandchildren

Many Delaware grandparents want to leave their children and their grandchildren an inheritance. Ordinarily, grandchildren are named as alternate beneficiaries should the parents predecease the grandparents, but gifts and inheritances for grandchildren can be arranged as well. Special considerations need to be addressed during estate planning in order to ensure that those bequests and gifts are appropriately handled if the grandchildren are minors.

What are the core documents in estate planning?

Delaware residents who are considering making plans to provide for their loved ones after they pass away might not know what documents they will need. During estate planning, their needs are assessed, and a combination of the following seven documents will be considered. These are the documents that most people need in order to create an estate plan effectively dispose of their assets after death and provide for their care if incapacitated.

Estate planning for future generations requires communication

Most Delaware residents work hard to provide for their families both during life and after they are gone. Estate planning can help to secure the financial future of their children, but it would be a good idea to look back a generation before proceeding. How their parents intend to pass on their estates could directly affect how they structure their estate plans.

Blended families need special attention in estate planning

Some Delaware residents are fortunate enough to find love more than once in their lifetimes. When remarrying and bringing together two families, special attention will need to be paid to estate planning. Taking certain steps can ensure that everyone receives the inheritance that he or she was intended to receive.

Making estate planning user friendly for a surviving spouse

Contemplating death is not something that most Delaware residents like to do. Even so, it is necessary in order to create an estate plan that fulfills their wishes and provides for their families. The estate planning process is made up of several parts, and missing one of them could cause complications for a surviving spouse. 

Decline in dementia may affect estate planning

If you can't remember a day in which Americans remembered so much, your mind is not deceiving you. A recent study shows that the rate of dementia is falling nationwide. Dementia is a debilitating brain disease that causes a gradual decline in memory and thinking ability, mostly affecting people over the age of 65.

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