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At Marks Elder Law we remain committed to serving you and meeting your legal needs promptly – more than ever in these demanding times. Our office is again open for any work that can’t be effectively done remotely, including meeting with clients (though we still use videoconferencing, phone and email as well)

Having up-to-date estate planning arrangements in the form of Powers of Attorney and Wills, at least, is crucial to peace of mind as well as actual preparedness. You may benefit from taking your planning a step further with a Revocable Trust, and some families absolutely need Special Needs Trust type planning  for any family member with a disability.

If you are headed toward expensive long-term care such as in a nursing home, you must seek expert advice to protect yourself, your assets and your family.  With the right advice, long-term care patients and their families get a much, much better bottom line result. We can help you protect your assets.

Finally,  if a loved one has died, we also provide expert assistance to help you wind up their affairs  and administer their estate. These are some ways in which we  at MARKS ELDER LAW  may be able to help you.  Please keep reading, and call or email today.

 

Why are your 20s a great time to start estate planning?

| Nov 10, 2020 | Estate Planning

Your 20s are a time to focus on your education, the beginning of your career, and learning more about who you are. Likely, estate planning is the last thing on your mind. Is it too early to start thinking about your golden years? 

Rather than look at estate planning as taking care of yourself, look at it as taking care of those closest to your heart. Learn why your 20s are a great time to start the estate planning process. 

Beneficiaries

When you land your first job, you could have a benefits package that includes health insurance, a 401(k) and life insurance. If so, you must choose a beneficiary to receive the death benefit or assets. Take time to think about who you want this person to be and how she or he may use your death benefit or asset. 

Will

Do you have someone in your life whom you would like to inherit your assets, no matter how few assets you may have right now? Without creating a will, you leave it up to the courts to decide who inherits your estate, likely a family member. Depending on your current (and future) relationship with your family, you may not like the idea of your assets going to them. 

Financial and health care decisions

Say you become incapacitated and unable to voice your health care and financial decisions. You need someone to speak on your behalf, someone you trust and who knows you and respects your desires. You name this person on estate planning documents called a “durable power of attorney” and “health care proxy.” Even without incapacitation entering the picture, you may need someone to handle money matters if you study or work outside the U.S. 

No matter your age, you do not have to go broke planning your estate. Understanding the basics is a solid starting point to protect your peace of mind, your assets, and your loved ones.