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The long-term cost of estate planning mistakes

Planning for the future is not always easy. It's complicated to think about all of the things you may need in the future and consider what will happen to your property after you pass. There are benefits to estate planning regardless of your age, income or the size of your estate, but it's important to avoid certain types of mistakes that could come at a cost.

Mistakes and missteps in an estate plan are not always immediately apparent. In fact, these issues may not come to light until it's time to settle your estate. These matters can impact your loved ones and beneficiaries, and it's worthwhile to make sure there are no potential speed bumps in your plan. It's your own medical care and your property on the line, and you have the right to have a say over what happens.

Have you made a mistake?

The most common estate planning mistakes are easily avoidable. One of the most effective ways you can make sure errors don't negatively impact your plans is to stay away from do-it-yourself methods and work with a knowledgeable professional. This guidance can help you avoid the following types of missteps with your estate plan: 

  • Failing to plan for a disability – No one assumes they will be unable to work or care for themselves in the future because of a disability, but it's in your interests to plan for this contingency.
  • Failing to update a plan – Major life changes necessitate changes in your estate plan. Whether you divorce, marry, have a baby or experience other life events, you should consider updating existing plans.
  • Working to reduce taxes – There are steps you can take that can reduce the tax burden associated with your estate. This can make things easier for your beneficiaries in the future.

Of course, the most significant and costly estate planning mistake you can make is to fail to have an estate plan in the first place. If you want to avoid problems and protect the interests of your beneficiaries, you would be wise not to delay in updating an existing plan or creating a thorough estate plan.

The right type of help

Thinking about the future can be difficult, and you may not be sure what estate planning tools you need for complete protection. Working with a Maryland estate planning attorney is beneficial, and you can start this process simply by reaching out for an evaluation of your case. This can help you understand what you need to do to have a complete plan and look to the future with confidence.

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