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Don't forget digital assets in an estate plan

Investors in Colorado and throughout the country may need to create specific provisions in their estate plan to account for digital assets. For instance, individuals who own digital coins should keep a list of each coin that they have and how much they have. This list should be updated on a regular basis depending on how often they trade. In addition to keeping good records related to digital holdings, they will need to tell others how to access those assets.

Keeping the children in mind during estate planning

A typical feature of an estate plan for the parent of minor children in Colorado is a document about guardianship. This statement tells the court who the deceased or incapacitated parents designated as the legal guardian of their minor children. However, such a plan too often overlooks the immediate aftermath of a tragedy when young children receive the news of the loss of their parents. Their legal guardian might not be immediately available, and a court still has to review the estate plan and make the custody of the children official. Additional documentation from the parents could resolve this situation.

Estate planning myths

Colorado residents should consider the benefits of having even the most basic estate planning documents in place to ensure that their wishes are adhered to when they die, even if getting the right documents to arrange their health, home and financial affairs can be confusing and intimidating. When creating an estate plan, it can be helpful to be aware of common misconceptions about estate planning.

Estate planning can involve many other people

When Colorado residents think about planning for the future, they may often pay more attention to how they distribute their assets than to the people they name to act as their executors or representatives. However, these people can play a significant role in determining whether or not an estate plan is truly successful and the tone of family relations moving forward. While many people may take these decisions lightly, determining who to appoint in these types of positions can be at least as critical as the ways in which a person divides property.

Legacy planning can separate control of assets from beneficiaries

A successful business person in Colorado will typically want to pass on wealth to family members. Concerns about the abilities of heirs to run the business, however, could cause someone to look for alternatives to an outright handover of a business upon death. Careful succession planning might assign the management of a business to professionals or key employees. This approach may leave the business in capable hands so that it can continue generating revenue. The management of profits and distribution to heirs could also be placed in the hands of a competent individual or organization.

Defining fairness during estate planning

When people in Ohio think about the future, deciding how to divvy up assets during an estate plan can be an emotionally challenging experience. It might be difficult to determine what kind of asset division makes for a fair distribution, and thoughts of avoiding future conflict among family members can weigh heavily on a person developing a plan. While fairness is a common goal during the estate planning process, it may be defined differently by different people.

The difference between a will and an estate plan

Individuals in Colorado and throughout the country can benefit from having a will. However, this not as comprehensive as an estate plan. A thorough estate plan can make it easier for a person to state his or her intentions clearly. That clarity may prevent family members from fighting each other for assets after the estate owner passes away. To increase the odds that a will's instructions will be carried out, the right decision makers need to be put in place.

How to handle estate planning while divorcing

Individuals in Colorado who are getting divorced will likely experience many changes in their lives. Therefore, it is often necessary for a soon-to-be ex to alter their estate plan. For instance, it is a good idea for an individual to revoke a power of attorney that could potentially give a spouse access to records in their name.

Estate planning for collectibles

Estate planning for people living in Colorado as well as the rest of the country requires careful attention to multiple issues. Common considerations include the distribution of assets after death, establishing trusts, choosing an executor and end-of-life planning. One issue that sometimes can be overlooked is what happens to collectibles after their owner dies.

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