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The Essential Guide: Supporting Your Young Adult with Early Estate Planning

You've navigated the "birds and the bees" talk, and now it's time for another important conversation with your young adult: estate planning. It might not be the most glamorous topic, but taking proactive steps early on brings immense benefits - for them and for you.


Why Early Estate Planning Matters

While estate planning is often associated with older adults, young adults have assets, too - bank accounts, vehicles, personal belongings. Early planning ensures these are distributed according to their wishes, should the unexpected happen. Here's how it helps:

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing their wishes are documented gives them and you peace of mind.

  • Financial Security: In case of disability, a designated financial power of attorney can manage their finances.

  • Reduced Burden: Clear instructions minimize stress and confusion for loved ones during a difficult time.

  • Avoiding Probate: Assets titled with beneficiary designations can bypass probate, saving time and money.

  • Future Planning: Early planning establishes a foundation for future estate planning needs as their assets and life circumstances evolve.


What Young Adults Need to Consider:

  • Beneficiary Designations: Review bank accounts, retirement plans, and life insurance policies to designate beneficiaries for these assets.

  • Basic Will: A simple will outlines who inherits their belongings. While their estate might be small now, it provides a framework for future growth.

  • Healthcare Directive: This document specifies their wishes for medical care in case they are unable to make decisions themselves.

  • Power of Attorney: A trusted person can manage their financial affairs if they are incapacitated or absent due to travel.


How You Can Help:

  • Initiate the Conversation: Start by discussing the importance of planning for the future. Keep it casual and approachable.

  • Offer Guidance: Help them research estate planning options and resources like legal professionals specializing in young adult estate planning.

  • Financial Considerations: Discuss your own financial planning and any potential inheritance plans.

  • Respect Their Wishes: Remember, the ultimate decisions are theirs. Guide them, but allow them to make their own choices.


Beyond the Documents:

  • Open Communication: Maintain an open dialogue about finances, goals, and values.

  • Life Skills: Empower them by teaching them budgeting, responsible credit card use, and other essential life skills.


Remember, early estate planning is an act of love. It demonstrates your care for their future well-being and sets them up for success as they navigate life's journey. By having these conversations early and working together, you can ensure a secure and empowering future for your young adult. Contact us to get the conversation started.

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