Ensuring an estate plan fully meets the creator’s needs

| Dec 12, 2019 | Estate Administration |

It is usual for people in Texas to plan for the future. Often, these plans consider important financial considerations that are part of an estate plan. While there are a variety of different options and tools available to those completing such planning, there are ways for people to create a plan that is enforceable and fully represents their wishes and goals.

The first way — and perhaps the most important — is to ensure that there is an adequate plan in place. While some people may have a general idea of what they want to happen to their estate following their death, distribution will follow state law if there is not an enforceable plan. Having an experienced professional participate in the creation of such a plan is often critical to ensuring its enforceability.

For a plan to adequately express a person’s wishes, it requires periodic updates, especially following major life events, such as the birth of a child or death of an intended beneficiary. Additionally, a plan requires updating if a person moves to another state. Documents, such as wills, are governed by state laws, and a review is often necessary to ensure that these laws are appropriately considered.

For many people in Texas, the creation of an estate plan can seem like an overwhelming task. However, it is one of the most important ones a person can undertake to ensure that his or her estate is protected — in the event that long-term care is required — and distributed as intended. Professionals with experience with this process can help ensure that all possibilities are considered and addressed.