Estate planning is something that we all have to think about in our adult lives. We must prepare for our loved ones to be taken care of after the time our death, or in the unfortunate event that we become incapacitated and are unable to make any sound decisions. We need to divide our assets and appoint someone to make decisions on our behalf. It can be quite overwhelming, so you want to make sure that you have all of the proper documentation in place. In the following, we shall highlight the 24 most important pieces of documents that one should have when it is time to put your estate plan into effect.
1. Power of Attorney: This is the power that you appoint someone to act as your agent for tax, legal, medical purposes and so forth.
2. Savings Bonds: Be sure to have copies of the actual bonds
3. Living Trusts: Be sure to have a copy of your irrevocable or revocable living trust as this is a critical aspect of your estate planning.
4. DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Order: This needs to be included with your estate planning in the event that you are in an accident or become incapacitated to the point that the order needs to be invoked.
5. Last Will and Testament: This is a document that has the name of the Executor of your will, a detailed list of your assets and the names of your designated legal guardians for your children.
6. Pension Plan Information
7. Annuity Contracts
8. Health Care Proxy: This is the person whom you appoint to make all of your medical decisions should you become incapacitated.
9. Bank Account Information
10. Safe deposit box Details
12. 401(k) Account Information
13. Life Insurance Policies
14. Long Term Care Plan Details and Policies
15. Tax Returns from Prior Three Years
16. Vehicle Title
17. Marriage License/Divorce Certificate
18. Birth Certificates for you, your spouse and any dependents
19. Social Security Numbers of the above
20. Social Security/Disability Details
21. Military Discharge Paperwork
22. Names and Details of any important contacts (beneficiary, legal guardian(s), emergency contact, doctors and so forth)
23. Mortgage Accounts
24. Housing Deeds (also any cemetery plot or land deeds)
Other important information:
● Loan information
● Credit card information
● Lines of credit
● Dental Insurance Information
● Eye Care Insurance
● Personal Accident Insurance Plan
● Long and Short Term Hospitalization and Disability Insurance Details
● Detailed list of your assets
Once you have all of the above information in place, you would meet with your estate planning attorney to ensure that all of your estate plan documentation is in place.
Of course, you want to make sure that you properly store your documents. Most people chose to store their estate planning details in their safe deposit box at a bank or other financial institution, while others chose to keep it in a home safe or simply a filing cabinet. Just make sure that someone knows where the paperwork is stored in the event of your death.
If you have all of the above in order, you can rest assured that your loved ones are provided for in the event of your demise!
Should you have any questions regarding how to protect your personal or business assets, feel free to call the Titanium Asset Protection at (714) 827-9955. With our years of experience in asset protection, we will be able to answer any of your questions and concerns. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation