Why new parents should have an estate plan

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2022 | Estate planning |

As a new parent in California, you want to make sure that your child lives a comfortable and secure life today and in the future. You want to offer them a good education and a stable home even if something happens to you, which is why you should create an estate plan.

What is estate planning?

Estate planning is the process of organizing your finances and property in preparation for your death. It involves creating a will, setting up trusts and making sure your beneficiaries are taken care of.

Why is estate planning important for new parents?

There are several reasons why estate planning is important for new parents. First, it ensures that your child remains financially secure and comfortable if you die prematurely. Second, it allows you to designate a guardian for your child in the event that you and your spouse die unexpectedly or one of you is unable to take care of them.

Third, it minimizes estate taxes so that your child can inherit as much money as possible. For instance, if you die without an estate plan, your child could end up paying taxes on the money that they inherit from you.

What documents do you need for estate planning?

The documents you need for estate planning will vary depending on your situation. However, most people need a will or trust, a health care proxy and a power of attorney. A will is a legal document that dictates how your property should be distributed after your death. It also names a guardian for your children. On the other hand, a trust is a legal entity that allows you to set aside money or property for your beneficiaries.

A health care proxy allows you to designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. Finally, a power of attorney gives someone the authority to act on your behalf in financial and legal matters.

There are a few other things you can do to provide for your child in the event of your death, such as naming your child the beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement account. The main idea is to make sure that your child is taken care of financially no matter what happens.