Living Well 60+ January-February 2014 - Page 31

JAN/FEB 2014 Personnel effects SAFETY continued from Page 14 SAVE continued from Page 15 and be prepared to give CPR if necessary. you don’t want to rely on Social Security, relatives or social services agencies for your well-being when you are elderly. Driving Safety 31 II. Why do you need estate planning? Succession is the mandatory court proceeding which completes all Planning is your strategy to overthe legal and financial matters of come obstacles in preserving your the decedent. If there is a Will, the wealth during life and transferring it Probate Court reviews it and rules after death. The principal obstacle all on it validity. It pays off all creditors of us face in planning our estates are: and inventories all assets. Finally, 1. SUCCESSION it changes the title of all the assets 2. DEATH TAX (Federal Estate from the name of the decedent to Tax) the names of the beneficiaries name 3. CONSERVATORSHIP in the Will. This procedure usually 4. IT IS A PUBLIC PROCESS takes one to three years. 5. LONG DELAYS, UP TO 2 VII. What are the disadvanYEARS OR MORE tages of Probate? 6. VERY COSTLY For benefits of court supervision in 7. AGGRAVATION and STRESS Probate, your family will pay a heavy III. What methods are used to price. plan an estate? Excessive fees: Attorney’s fees, ExThere are three basic methods we ecutor’s fees, Appraisal fees, Court can use to plan an estate? filing fees and Bond Premiums are 1. Do nothing in some circumstances, astronomi2. Create a Will cal. 3. Establish a Revocable Living Trust Excessive delays: Probate averages IV. What happens if I do between six months and three years Nothing? to complete, depending on the Believe it or not, a majority of complexity of the Estate. It has been Americans choose to do nothing. reported that the national average is It has been reported that 70% of all almost two-year delay. Americans have no estate plan. As VIII. Have a Revocable Trust; a consequence, upon their death, Make an Easy Transition without Courts. state law dictates how their Estate is distributed. Unfortunately, the government’s plan has no particular ARTIST continued from Page 28 concern for the best interest in your paintings, but it is her determinafamily. tion that leads her to complete her V. Is creating a Will a good efforts. Braking time can be up to nine Chrysantha Clark, CFP® may be times longer in snowy or icy conreached at Keystone Financial ditions. If your vehicle begins to skid, let off the gas and brakes and Group, 859.317.8316 or chryuse a quick hand-over-hand steer- ing technique to turn the front tires in the direction you want to * This is a hypothetical example and is not reprego. Keep your gas tank half full to sentative of any specific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used do not prevent the fuel line from freezreflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to ing. 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