Estate planning is an ongoing process. You must not only develop and implement a plan that reflects your current financial and family situation, you must also constantly review your current plan to ensure it fits any changes in your circumstances.
Of course, with the extensive changes under EGTRRA and the probability that more changes will occur in this decade, reviewing your estate plan regularly is now more critical than ever. You'll especially want to update it after any of the events listed in the Planning Tip.
Remember, estate planning is about much more than reducing your estate taxes; it's about ensuring your family is provided for, your business can continue and your charitable goals are achieved. So even if the estate tax is permanently repealed, you will want to have an up-to-date plan in place.
To this end, use the estate planning checklist on the next page to identify areas where you need more information or assistance. Or jot down a few notes about things you want to look at more closely and discuss with a professional advisor. It may be easy for you to put off developing a detailed estate plan—or updating it in light of changes in tax law or your situation. But if you do, much of your estate could go to Uncle Sam—and this could be very hard on your family.
So please call us with any questions you have about the strategies represented here or how they can help you minimize your estate tax liability. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and show how we can help you develop and implement an estate plan that preserves for your heirs what it took you a lifetime to build.
Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, please note that individual situations can vary therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice.CalcXML Financial Calculators