Help with Estate Planning

We all need help with estate planning.

No matter how much money you have, there is always something to spent it on. And, usually you can rationalize why it’s a good idea to spend the money. Often, it really is a good idea. There really are more very good things you can do with your money than you should do with it.

You’ll see what I mean about this applying to everyone if you read the following four articles:

We have the same problem with time. I have 3 kids. They all are active in many activities. Sports, scouts, church, school, piano – you name it. All good stuff. But, we can’t do it all. At least us parents can’t physically get them to unlimited practices and games. We have other requirements (i.e. work, food, sleep) that also must be met.

So, it takes prioritization. It’s not easy.

And, money like time also requires setting priorities and management.

But, there is good news. Because you are reading this page, you are already ahead of the game. Most people do not even think about estate planning. The fact you are thinking about it, and trying to get information and guidance, shows that you have an estate planning determination that is relatively rare.

All you need to do is use that determination to focus on obtaining the information you need to establish and achieve your estate planning goals.

OK, enough generalizations. As a practical matter, how do you get help with estate planning?

There are a few ways. The first thing I would do is search for it on the internet. That’s a great way to get good background information and help you narrow down the issues you are focused on. For instance, you could just type “information estate planning” into a google search box (like the one at the bottom of this page) and you will be amazed how much good info is available – free and easy.

You also can good estate planning books at Estate Planning Books. There is a huge selection and many you can buy used – and cheap!

The more information you have, the better off you will be if and when you finally meet with an estate planning attorney. And, eventually, if you have much of an estate at all, you probably will need the assistance of a skilled local estate planning attorney. When that time comes, you might be able to find one at Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney.

You also might want to visit with a financial planner to discuss the best way to invest your money to support your estate plan.

At any rate, for more help with estate planning, visit Basics of Estate Planning.

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--by Beth Heikkinen
Marquette, Michigan
I just want to thank you for this site. It answered my questions. I think many people that do research on the net take it for granted and when they find what they are looking for they forget "someone put time, money, etc into providing me with this information."

Thank you!

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