Whether you know it or not...whether you want it or not...you have an estate plan even if you've never signed one. In Oregon, (really in every state) our legislature created and the governor signed an "estate plan for all." Unless you do something to change it, that estate plan created by the State will decide who gets your stuff when you are gone.
As they say..."there is more than one way to skin..." The same is true with leaving assets to your children. There are good ways, traditional ways, ugly ways and everything in between. Here are four of the most common ways to leave assets to your children.
Retirement accounts are often very misunderstood. Dealing with how to incorporate them in your estate plan can seem very difficult. Here is some basics, but you really need to speak to a professional about your particular circumstances.
Most people think of Estate Planning solely as an end of life tool. That is an essential part of Estate Planning, but there are more. I like to think of the end of life portion as the pinnacle of a pyramid. At the base there is getting an understanding of your estate; things and people. As we move up the pyramid there is healthcare, incapacity, and how your life is maintained.
As parents we all worry in the back of our heads about our children being cared for after we are gone. Hopefully we all get to see our children grow into adulthood and never have to worry about guardians and leaving money to minor children. As the saying goes, "hope for the best, plan for the worst."