Estate planning review is important. Maybe your estate plan was created when you were single, and there have been some significant changes in your life. Perhaps you got married or divorced.
You also may now be on better terms with children with whom you were once estranged.
Tax and estate laws can also change over time, requiring further updates to your estate planning documents.
WMUR’s recent article entitled “The ‘final’ estate-planning step” reminds us that change is a constant thing. With that in mind, here are some key indicators that a review is in order.
- The value of your estate has changed dramatically
- You or your spouse changed jobs
- Changes to your income level or income needs
- You are retiring and no longer working
- There is a divorce or marriage in your family
- There is a new child or grandchild
- There is a death in the family
- You (or a close family member) have become ill or incapacitated
- Your parents have become dependent on you
- You have formed, purchased, or sold a business;
- You make significant financial transactions, such as substantial gifts, borrowing or lending money, or purchasing, leasing, or selling assets or investments
- You have moved
- You have purchased a vacation home or other property in another state
- A designated trustee, executor, or guardian dies or changes his or her mind about serving; and
- You are making changes in your insurance coverage.
There are many events in life that should prompt reviewing and potentially amending your estate plan. Failing to do so can lead to unintended consequences.
Reference: WMUR (Feb. 3, 2022) “The ‘final’ estate-planning step”