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About legacy planning

Colorado residents may already be aware that estate planning can be used to make sure that assets are managed according to specific wishes. If individuals want to ensure that they leave behind a certain type of legacy, however, they should understand the principle behind legacy planning.

Creating and leaving a legacy is not egotistical. Some people may have an issue with the idea that something that they have accomplished may be worthy enough to be remembered. They might also perceive legacy planning as drawing undue attention to themselves. However, the basis of legacy planning is that an enjoyable and fulfilling life is attainable by everyone and can be reached by individuals putting forth their best efforts.

With the assistance of various advisors, individuals can create a legacy plan that shows who they are, provides a route to becoming the best person they can be and steers them where they need to go. An attorney can recommend what legal options are available to help a client live their legacy. A wealth advisor may assist with a tailored financial plan, and an accountant could advise what should be done to get applicable tax breaks.

Another misconception about legacy plans is that it's simply a way for people to have control of their beneficiaries from the grave. However, this is not the goal of legacy plans. They are meant to provide the means for a person's legacy to continue.

An attorney who practices estate planning law may advise clients of what type of legal documents are necessary for certain circumstances. Clients could be advised of whether a legacy plan might be appropriate.

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