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Americans are falling behind on creating wills: Make yours now

When you think about estate planning, you're probably thinking about it as an individual. After all, your death or injuries will involve you on your own. However, when you plan for your passing or for a severe injury, you may wish to do so with your significant other.

Why you should protect your digital footprint after death

One thing that people need to start accounting for in their estate plans is the protection of their digital accounts and assets. Take, for example, the number of people who have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media pages. These accounts can be left open after a person's death, closed or converted into legacy accounts, which can be used to mourn, celebrate and remember a person after they've passed away.

Should my estate plan discuss euthanasia or assisted suicide?

When you are planning for old age and beyond, you'll be making changes to your estate plan. Your estate plan is a group of important legal documents that dictate what you'd like to see happen if you are unable to make decisions for yourself or if you pass away.

Business succession is a key part of the estate planning process

Many individuals draft wills once they accumulate assets or when they marry, get divorced or have kids. Others may simply have a power of attorney drawn up to allow someone else to make health care or financial decisions on their behalf. Few engage in business succession planning, though.

Family conflicts threaten estate plans more than taxes do

Oftentimes, when you hear about estate planning being discussed in the media, you hear how individuals are seeking to reduce the tax obligations that their estate and beneficiaries are left paying. A recent TD Wealth study suggests that taxes shouldn't be your biggest concern though, but instead the prospect of relatives contesting your will should be.

Why is it important to have an estate plan in place?

While many have been conditioned to think that estate planning is only for the wealthy, it's not. It's actually for anyone who wants to take ownership of what happens to them or their assets if they become incapacitated or die. People of all means can benefit from drafting an estate plan.

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