estate planning checklistConsidering your own mortality is never a pleasant task, but it is necessary to assist both your family and your business to transition after you’re gone. One way to plan ahead is to work with an experienced estate planner. He or she will provide a list of the information you’ll need to gather so the paperwork necessary to effectuate your wishes can be developed. Your advisor will request many documents some of which are:

  • Wills of both spouses
  • Power of Attorney
  • Directive to Physician
  • Community property agreement
  • Transfer to minor account information
  • Trusts
  • Tax returns
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Divorce decrees with settlement information
  • Employee benefits statements
  • Loans information
  • Vehicle registrations
  • Bank and brokerage statements
  • Insurance policies

Excerpt from Exit Insight: Getting to “Sold,” pp. 163

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