Reviewing Your Estate Plan

February 15, 2019by Brian Fry CFP®

I recommend reviewing your estate plan on a regular basis and as life changes. My estate planning reviews are done on an annual basis and it is to make sure all documents are up-to-date and in good order. As a financial planner in Los Angeles, here are a list of steps I recommend taking when reviewing your estate plan.

How To Review Your Estate Plan

Make a List of Your Assets

Is everything accounted for and have you determined the process for distributing how you see fit? Do you intend for your financial accounts to be factored in the will and go through the probate process or do you prefer to have them in a living trust or with designated beneficiaries, transfer on death or payable on death?

Take Your Family Into Consideration

If you’re gone, will your family have the necessary assets to pay for college? Will they have the necessary assets to pay off the home mortgage? Will they have the necessary assets to maintain their lifestyle? If you have minor children, have you named a guardian?

Identify Your Powers of Attorney

Have you set up your power of attorneys to be able to take care of your wishes? Have you set up contingencies? In the event that you become incapacitated, a durable power of attorney can act for you when it comes to your finances. A health care power of attorney or medical directive allows your trusted contact(s) to act when you are unable .

Identify Your Beneficiaries

Have you reviewed your beneficiaries? Have you set up contingencies? If you have minors listed, have you appropriately considered how to make sure they don’t receive assets before you deem they are ready?

Stay Up to Date With Estate Tax and Gifting Laws

Have you reviewed estate tax and gifting laws for your state and how it would affect your estate? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed the estate tax exclusion to $11,400,000 per person.  For 2019, the annual gift exclusion is $15,000 per person.

Review Your Estate Plan With Professionals

The purpose of estate planning is to ensure your loved ones are taken care of and avoid potential mistakes in the distribution of your assets. Have you reviewed your estate plan with your financial planner, estate planning attorney and/or tax advisor?

For More:

Learn more about estate planning documents

Learn more about estate planning myths

Learn more about estate planning services

What is a fiduciary financial advisor?

Forbes: 7 Reasons It’s Time To Update Your Estate Plan

Los Angeles Estate Plan

Still have questions in determining how to maintain and review your estate plan? Meet with a fee-only financial planner in Los Angeles or virtually online.

by Brian Fry CFP®

Safe Landing Financial is a Los Angeles, CA fee-only financial advisor providing financial planning, retirement planning and investment management to tech professionals and pre-retirees. When you work with Safe Landing Financial, you work with Brian Fry, a fiduciary and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ that puts clients’ best interests first. Financial planning services include: retirement planning, charitable giving, asset protection, estate planning, saving for college, debt management, tax strategy and investment management. Safe Landing Financial serves as a virtual fee-only financial advisor to individuals and families nationwide.