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Mistakes with estate planning could affect you down the road

It's not always easy to think about the future and make plans that will affect you down the road. It is complicated to think about health care you may need later in life, or what you want to happen to your estate after your passing. While estate planning is not always simple, it's a worthwhile process that can provide you with peace of mind for the future.

Unfortunately, mistakes in the estate planning process can lead to significant issues and complications in the future. When you are drafting your plan and considering what you want to happen, you will find it beneficial to seek guidance in order to avoid common missteps. From the simplest of estate plans to the most complex, it is always beneficial to make sure that you are not accidentally committing an error that could at some point undermine your efforts. 

Thinking about your beneficiary

You would be wise to think carefully about the beneficiaries you designate in your plan. This may mean changing a designation after a death or divorce -- or making sure you have made the right choice in consideration of applicable tax laws. It is especially important to change or add beneficiaries on IRA accounts.

Another mistake people often make regarding their estate plan is failing to name specific investments in their will. Not being specific regarding your long-term savings and investment accounts can lead to complications and difficulties for your beneficiaries in the future. You do not want to leave your loved ones in a difficult financial and legal position.

Expect complications in life

One of the most significant mistakes people make in their estate plans is failing to consider what will happen in the case of an emergency or unexpected legal situation. It is smart to plan for disability or a medical complication with your spouse. Planning for it and even setting aside money for it can ease the strain you or your loved ones may feel during this time. It can also allow you to have a more significant say in what happens to you and what type of medical care you may want.

Don't walk through this process alone 

Estate planning can be a difficult and sometimes emotionally challenging process. Fortunately, you do not have to make important choices for your future alone. There is significant benefit in working with a New York attorney who understands the law and knows how to help you lay the foundation for a smart estate plan that provides you with security for years to come.

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