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Details to consider when creating an estate plan, part two

In our last post we wrote about the importance of remembering to plan for the little details when you are creating your estate plan. While it is important to use wills and trusts to let your loved ones know how your estate should be divided, a well-crafted estate plan also plans for the details that are not explicitly covered in the will and trust.

The last post discussed details related to cash flow and keeping thorough records of all your assets. This post discusses matters related to the division of assets that are not identified in your will and identifying creditors.

When you are creating a list of the assets in your estate, it is important to consider what you will do with the assets that are not affected by your will. Although you can use estate planning tools to determine how these assets will be divided, it is not always an automatic element of your will. These assets include your life insurance, annuities, retirement plans and IRAs.

When an estate is going through estate administration or probate, it cannot be settled until all the debts have been settled. While some debts will be straightforward, some executors receive requests from creditors who try to claim money that is not theirs. Writing an accurate list of your creditors can enable your executor to correctly identify fraudulent creditors. The list should include the name and contact information of each creditor, as well as the amount owed.

Read more in the next post to learn how you can help your executor accurately determine values for each of your assets. We'll also cover a few tips about choosing executors, gift planning and living trusts.

Source: Investing Daily, "Forgotten Estate Planning Issues," Bob Carlson, 19 April 2011

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