I have always been a big planner. I’m not rigid with my plans, but I do spend time thinking about what I can do to make life better and easier for my family. Sometimes my plans are extensive and require a large commitment and sometimes just a few small steps are all that are needed.
Most of the time, I’ve found that the smaller, more focused commitments are the ones I complete and can make the most difference.
Estate planning sounds like an overwhelming task that will require a lot of time, paperwork, and thinking about things no one wants to think about, when, in reality, it’s relatively straightforward and painless. I liken it to getting a flu shot: we all put it off and dread doing it, but once we’re there, it’s a quick pinch and you’re protected.
Everyone, no matter their net worth, should have estate planning in place. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones.
What exactly is the estate planning process?
I try to make estate planning as quick and painless as possible. Call me at (732) 444-6406 or write me an email and tell me you’d like to meet about doing estate planning. I have flexible hours and can meet with you after work, if that is more convenient for your schedule. We set up a time to meet, and Voila! You’ve started the estate planning process.
Next, I will email you my free Estate Planning Workbook, which is a tool to help you think about all of the different concerns there are with estate planning. Some things may not apply (i.e., you are 34 years old and don’t have grandchildren), and others are things you may never have thought of, but need to (i.e., who will take care of my kids if, God forbid, something happens to me?) It’s not a test; there are no right or wrong answers. It’s just to get you thinking.
Once you’ve had a chance to go over my Estate Planning Workbook, we meet to talk about what you are looking for from the process (just a will? Living will? Power of Attorney? Special Needs Trust? Whole package?), and to see if any special planning needs to be done.
Occasionally, we may need to meet again to discuss more complex issues, but for most people, that’s all you have to do until it’s time to review the estate planning documents that I have prepared according to your wishes.
Once you’ve carefully reviewed the documents to make sure that everything is how you want it, we will schedule a time to sign everything. That’s it. Easy peasy!
Don’t let the cost of estate planning worry you. My fees are reasonable, and for most people who don’t require a lot of special planning, one flat fee covers everything.
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