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Five Situations to Rethink Your Estate Plan

by | Oct 11, 2023 | Estate Planning

At Cavitch, we are committed to helping you safeguard your legacy and protect the financial well-being of your loved ones. One crucial aspect of achieving this goal is ensuring that your estate plan remains up-to-date and reflects your current circumstances and wishes.

I want to highlight five critical times when you should consider reviewing and updating your estate plan.

  1. Change in Marital Status: Life can bring both joyous and challenging moments; one such moment may be a change in your marital status. Whether you are getting married, divorced, or experiencing the loss of a spouse, these significant life events can profoundly impact your estate plan. Ensure your plan is adjusted to accommodate these changes by updating beneficiaries and reevaluating your fiduciaries.
  2. New Family Member: The arrival of a new family member, whether through birth, adoption, or even marriage, can alter your family’s dynamics and financial responsibilities. Review your estate plan to include provisions for the care, guardianship, and financial support of your new loved one, ensuring their future is secure.
  3. Change in Asset Value or Makeup: Over time, the value and nature of your assets may undergo significant changes. Your estate plan should be updated to reflect these shifts. Whether your investments have grown or you have acquired new assets, a modification may be required to protect and manage your wealth effectively. This may involve creating a succession plan for a business, adjusting your distribution plan, implementing lifetime gifting strategies, reconsidering tax strategies, or incorporating asset protection strategies to protect your assets and their intended recipients.
  4. Change in Residence: Relocating to a new state or country can have far-reaching consequences for your estate plan. Differing laws and regulations can impact estate taxes, probate proceedings, and the validity of certain legal documents. It’s essential to work with a team to adapt your estate plan to conform to the laws and regulations of your new place of residence.
  5. Change in Law: Estate planning laws are not static; they evolve. Staying informed about changes in the law is essential. Periodic reviews will help ensure that your estate plan complies with the latest rules and regulations.  We are always monitoring proposals from the State and Federal governments to stay current with the changing landscape.

Remember that your estate plan is not a one-time document; it should adapt and grow with you. Regular reviews and updates with the assistance of our estate planning team are crucial to securing your legacy and providing for your loved ones. If you’ve experienced any of these life changes or would like to schedule a review of your estate plan for any other reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you navigate these transitions and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. If you have questions, please contact Cavitch Estate Planning Attorney Max Trubiano at (216) 621-7860.

At Cavitch, we are dedicated to serving you and your family’s unique needs, and we look forward to being your trusted partner. Be sure to sign up for our estate planning newsletter to stay informed!

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