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Safeguarding a business with proper estate planning

It's especially important for small business owners to consider what will happen to their businesses when they're no longer around. With that in mind, estate planning for business owners in California is crucial and doesn't have to be overwhelming when knowing what steps to take. Essentially, the starting point is to fashion a basic estate plan from which other issues can be addressed, such as taxation and insurance.

3 reasons estate planning is critical for business owners

Writing wills and making future plans is a good idea for any adult. But, for business owners, the stakes are even higher. California individuals who own all or part of a business should consider these important ways that estate planning can protect their loved one's interests and prevent litigation down the line.

Estate planning considerations for parents of young children

The needs and well-being of minor children should be a primary consideration for California parents when making an estate plan. Many overlook the importance of updating existing plans after the birth of a child or as a child ages, but it is necessary to plan for the care and support of any minor kids. These considerations should be a critical part of any estate planning efforts.

Estate planning is important for adults of all ages

California adults who are relatively young, healthy and not exceptionally wealthy may overlook the importance of thinking about the future. In reality, estate planning is a beneficial for every adult in every stage of life. Starting at the age of 18, there are steps that can allow an individual to have a say in medical care, care for family and address what will happen to personal property.

All adults should consider the benefits of estate planning

There are many reasons why California adults put off thinking about and making plans for the future. Some may think they are too young, while others think they don't have enough money or valuable assets to necessitate estate planning. In reality, drafting certain documents and having plans in place is a prudent step for every adult, regardless of age, wealth and current health status.

It's an ideal time to consider estate planning

Considering what will happen after death or in case of incapacitation is not easy. This is why many California adults delay this process, while others assume it is not necessary because they are young or not wealthy. However, estate planning is beneficial for everyone, and now is a great time to take this step. Current events have many considering their own futures and those of their loved ones, and many adults currently have the time to plan.

Mistakes can derail best estate planning efforts

Thinking about the legal and financial needs a California adult may have in the future is not easy when crafting an estate plan. Even with the best of intentions, mistakes and missteps in this process can negatively impact an individual or his or her beneficiaries long-term. Handling the estate planning process with care can save time, money and considerable stress down the road. 

Estate planning with long-term interests in mind

Planning for the future is a prudent venture at every stage in life, regardless of age, wealth and health status. Estate planning requires looking to the future and laying the groundwork to ensure that the distribution of assets, health care and other matters are handled according to the wishes of a California adult. This means it is necessary to think long-term throughout the planning process.

Estate planning that works at every stage of life

Young adults in California can benefit from thinking about what they need for the future. Even the young and healthy can benefit from estate planning, starting with thinking about what they may need in case of an emergency. Having certain plans and protections in places can provide confidence and peace of mind in case of an unexpected situation. 

Young adults also have estate planning needs

College students are full of excitement about the future, and typically this does not include considering what future financial and legal needs they may have long-term. Young people are not likely to see the need to think about estate planning, but this could be a crucial step for many California young adults. Thinking ahead can give them peace of mind, as well as provide certainty to family members in case of a contingency. 

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