When working on your estate plan review, it is important to know what to prioritize. Otherwise, you could spend an unnecessary amount of time focusing on things you do not actually need to focus on.
Instead, you should pay attention to a few key aspects of the plan. This will save you time and effort, streamlining the process and making it much easier to manage.
Beneficiaries and named figures
Forbes lays out some of the parts of your estate plan you should review first. Among their top suggestions: beneficiaries, key components and matters involving assets. Beneficiaries involve anyone who has something to gain after your death. This can include people you mention in your will, anyone who will inherit bank accounts and benefits from you, and those mentioned in life insurance policies.
In addition to beneficiaries, you can also focus on other named figures. This includes people like your power of attorney or your healthcare proxy. As they have active roles in your later stages of life, you want to stay on the same page with these people and know they will always act in your benefit.
Crucial components and assets
Key components include primary documents such as your will or your trust. You always want to check out these building blocks of your estate plan, ensuring they still accurately reflect your life circumstances and what you want happening after your death.
Finally, matters involving assets should always get a little examination. After all, you do not want to give away what you no longer have. You also do not want to leave assets without anywhere to go. By focusing on these matters first, you will usually be able to tackle all crucial parts without getting hung up on the lesser details.