Common questions about estate planning
By: Edward Jones
What makes up my estate?
Your estate consists of all the assets you possess at the time of your death. These assets could include:
Who needs estate planning?
You work hard and carefully plan to meet your long-term financial objectives, such as financing an education, providing for your children and saving for retirement. However, many people put off estate planning or choose to ignore it altogether. Almost everyone needs some form of estate planning, especially those who:
What makes up a well-designed estate plan?
A well-designed plan:
If I have a living trust, do I still need a will?
You may still need a will to capture any assets that may not have been transferred to the trust during your life. A "Pour-Over Will" will transfer assets to your trust. Once you establish a living trust, you must remember to transfer your assets into the trust. Assets that are not in your trust, that do not have beneficiary designations or are not jointly titled with another individual may still be subject to probate. You should discuss the transfer of tax-deferred assets, such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keoghs or pension plans, with your attorney or accountant.
Edward Jones - Mae Luchetti