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When Should I Update My Estate Plan?

When should I update my estate plan?

One common question we hear from our clients is: When should I update my Estate Plan? There are many potential situations when updating an Estate Plan may be appropriate, including changes in the law and changes in your life situation or desires with regards to your estate.

Here are a few of the most common scenarios that may necessitate reviewing your estate plan:

I. CHANGES IN FAMILY RELATIONS
  • You got divorced.
  • Your spouse passed away.
  • You were single when you created your estate plan and you got married.
  • Changes regarding children, grandchildren, or other beneficiaries. (Think birth or adoption of a child, severe illness or divorce of a child, or financial irresponsibility of a child.)
II. CHANGES IN ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
  • Your estate value increased or deceased significantly.
  • You retired or changed your employment status.
  • You acquired property in another state.
  • Your business interests changed (for example: a new partnership or corporation).
III. EXTERNAL CHANGES
  • Changes occurred in State or Federal income tax law, estate tax law, gift law, property law, trust law, or probate law.
  • You moved to a new state.
  • Your successor trustee/executor, guardian, agent, or beneficiary passed away.
a good rule of thumb: every 5 years

How often should you review your Estate Plan? A good rule of thumb is to have your Estate Plan reviewed every 5 years by an experienced Estate Planning attorney. Think of it like a periodic tune up for your vehicle.  When it comes to your Estate Plan, you may not know that something is wrong until it’s too late.

Conclusion

Be sure to always seek the assistance of an experienced Estate Planning attorney when making changes to your estate plan. In this post, we discuss the dangers of DIY Estate Planning. We also made a helpful video on updating your Estate Plan. Click here to schedule a consultation with our firm to have your Estate Plan reviewed.

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