No one wants to leave his or her family in a challenging predicament when he or she passes away. Deciding where assets will go and how affairs will be handled after death is important for British Columbia adults. Just as important as making these decisions is documenting them in ways that are comprehensive, comprehensible and legally sound. This involves the drafting of documents, particularly wills.
Most people understand the need to prepare legal documents to share end-of-life decisions, and to prepare for the distribution of their wealth after that. But, preparing a will is only the first step. British Columbia individuals and families should also take a look at wills and other plans to reaffirm details and make critical changes at key points in life.
There are many obvious items to consider when estate planning, such as the fate of the family home or the guardianship of children. But, some of the most important things may not be as obvious. British Columbia planners should consider these commonly forgotten items when drafting their wills.
When marriages end, chances are that one or both parties will move on to other partners. Statistically, two-thirds of divorcees between 55 and 64 told Pew Research they had remarried in a 2013 study. British Columbia individuals giving marriage another shot have several financial considerations to keep in mind, especially those who have accumulated wealth in between their marriages. One of the main things to consider is the details within wills.
Thorough, informed and legally sound plans for the future can make it far easier for families to move forward when a loved one passes away. Preparing wills, compiling essential information and sharing end-of-life wishes may seem morbid, but British Columbia families who take these steps can reduce a lot of stress when the time comes. Funeral plans can be helpful to include in this process, especially if there are particular wishes loved ones should consider.
Getting finances in order is a common New Year's resolution. For British Columbia individuals and families who have resolved to consider their affairs and plan for the future in 2020, wills and estate plans are an important consideration. While it can be hard to discuss death, incapacity or the potential that tragedy may strike the family, taking things step by step can help ease the challenges of this important task.
Those who are planning for the succession of their wealth often focus on real estate, bank accounts, beloved items and dependants in their estate plans. However, an increasing number of less tangible assets are making their way into British Columbia wills. Digital assets, a term for access to accounts and technology that may carry financial or emotional value, is a growing topic of discussion in estate planning circles.
Having a comprehensive estate plan is a wise move for every individual, especially when children are involved. British Columbia residents, however, who have adult children living stateside should have another look at their wills to ensure all legal aspects are met and that there won't be issues when the time comes for those wills to come into play, especially when that adult child is not only a beneficiary, but also an executor. Getting over some of the hurdles may be time-consuming and expensive.
Talking about an inheritance may not be the easiest discussion parents will ever have with their adult children. Speaking to children about wills and other estate planning documents may not be pleasant, but it is necessary. British Columbia residents who want to keep peace in their families when they're gone should really discuss who will be getting what when the time comes and give their children the chance to weigh in with their thoughts and feelings.
Life moves quickly. Everyone is caught up in living his or her own life and often very little attention is paid to the future and to the unforeseen events that might happen. British Columbia residents need to take some time out of their busy schedules to consider fashioning their wills as well as other estate planning documents. It's necessary to be prepared.