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You don't want to die intestate, make your estate plan today

You have worked hard for the things that you have. You probably want to decide where your things are going to go when you die. You don't want your family members to fight over them and you don't want someone who doesn't know you to decide where things will go.

3 benefits of a special needs trust

Special needs trusts are those that are created and managed for the benefit of someone who has special needs. Typically, beneficiaries are mentally challenged or disabled in some way, making it difficult or impossible for them to manage the assets themselves. Special needs trusts can be a way to ensure those with these needs is cared for, even if you are no longer able to assist them yourself.

Know what considerations might impact your estate plan

Estate planning is a very personal matter that must be taken seriously. You shouldn't put off planning your estate just because thinking of your death isn't pleasant. Shockingly, around 57 percent of consumers in this country don't have an estate plan in place. The percentage is even higher for parents who have children who aren't yet 18 years old. Up to 69 percent of these parents don't have a will.

How can you set estate planning goals?

Did you know that the first step to estate planning is setting goals? The types of goals you set for your estate depends on your situation, income, assets, family and when in your life you sit down to plan for your estate. If you plan early, for example, your goals might include wealth building and saving. If you begin estate planning later in life, then your goals might be more about protecting what you already have or ensuring your assets are passed on following your wishes. Whatever goals you have for your estate, we've provided some tips for strong goal setting below.

Getting help to start your next business endeavor correctly

In the past few weeks, we've discussed a lot of issues related to estate planning and preparing for the end of your life and the passing on of your assets. While it's never too early to handle such decisions or begin to prepare, we know that you might be at a stage in your life where other legal concerns are loaming. One of those concerns might be how to form your own business.

Have you considered your end-of-life celebration?

We often tout the benefits of considering your end-of-life decisions now. Whether that looks like setting up a health care proxy so someone can make decisions on your behalf during an emergency or creating a will so your wishes regarding your assets are carried out, we think estate planning is important. One thing that goes along with this type of thinking for many is preplanning end-of-life celebrations.

Retirement planning around your inheritance is a mistake

It is incredibly tempting for anyone who has wealthy parents to have "great expectations" for his or her future inheritances. In fact, many Kentucky residents have such great expectations that they completely neglect the need to plan for their retirements, and they put their financial security on the line, betting on the hope that they will one day receive a sizable inheritance that will make up for their won lack of retirement savings.

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