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Mistakes during estate planning can affect your loved ones

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | Estate Planning

The process of planning for the future involves the careful consideration of matters that could happen in the future, such as incapacitation or death. These are delicate issues that can be difficult to think about, and Colorado adults may avoid estate planning for this reason and many others. Delaying estate planning or avoiding it altogether is one of the most common mistakes made in terms of long-term legal, financial and health care planning.

If you are considering creating an estate plan or updating the one you already have, you will want to avoid common estate planning errors. Even a minor misstep during the planning process can lead to issues when it is time to settle the estate or initiate certain medical plans. In order to protect your loved ones from undue stress and complications, it is helpful to carefully review plans occasionally to ensure your plans are free from even minor issues that could be problematic in the future.

Common missteps you will want to avoid

People are often unaware of any problems with their estate plans until it is too late. If someone has a medical emergency or an unexpected situation leaves family members in a position where they have to make important choices, an updated and carefully constructed estate plan is crucial. Common mistakes you will want to avoid include the following:

  • The most common mistake is failing to have an estate plan in the first place. Adults of all ages and income levels will benefit from this protection.
  • It is a mistake to leave out plans for potential long-term health care needs, including disability or nursing care.
  • Adults often overlook the necessity and importance of updating plans after major life events, including divorce, remarriage, the birth of children and more.
  • A common mistake is overlooking the need to factor potential tax penalties into estate planning decisions.

Any of these missteps are easily avoidable and repairable. Regularly revisiting your estate plan and understanding how you can protect your interests when creating a plan will provide you with important protections for the future. The right estate planning tools allow you to have confidence in your long-term interests and peace of mind regarding your loved ones’ well-being.