Estate Planning Services

Estate Planning Services

No matter what a person’s income is, estate planning services are an essential part of a financial plan.  When you use to plan ahead, you retain more privacy, control and security over the legacy that you choose to leave.  If you don’t need an attorney to plan your estate, is a great option for you and your family.

Estate LDA can teach you the value of a will, a trust, an advance health care directive (AHCD) and so much more.

Would you like to learn tips for estate planning, beneficiaries, how to review and update your trust and more?  Contact us here at

Basics of Estate Planning Services:

The goal is typically to maximize what you leave behind so that our beneficiaries may accept those things with the least amount of interference.  Getting advice from an attorney or tax professional is always advisable but, if you have already done that or don’t feel that you need to we are ready to help you.  Our estate planning services may help you to reduce your tax liability, your court fees and other unforeseen expenses.  Following the EstateLDA software will allow you to choose your state, and your documents will be prepared based on your choices, they are state specific.

What is a Will within an Estate Plan?

Creating and updating your will regularly may help you avoid trouble later on.  It may also help your beneficiaries when you have taken the time to properly prepare a will.

It is important to know that if there is no WILL, the sate that you reside in may decide how your assets are distributed.  When you take the time to draft a will, you may prevent undue problems through your proactive approach to estate planning.

What is in a typical will?

You choose, name, or identify:

– an executor that has agreed to carry out your wishes, also known as the provisions of the will.

– the beneficiaries that will inherit the assets you have left for them.

– guardians for any minors that may inherit the things you left for them.

– specific instructions about who will receive things and the method by which they may receive them.

Are there any assets that can be passed down outside of the will?

Yes, there are assets that may be passed down outside of the will.

Both investment accounts and IRA’s may be passed to a beneficiary by naming that beneficiary. However, there may be other things to consider we you choose this method.

What is a Trust within an Estate Plan?

A trust can be thought of as a fiduciary arrangement, used for minimizing estate taxes, that may allow a third party, also known as a ‘trustee’ to hold and distribute the assets according to the plan. Trusts typically avoid probate and thus, the beneficiaries may have access to those assets more quickly than otherwise.

Real Examples of the different types of Trusts:

The 2 most common that most people are aware of are the Revocable and the Irrevocable Trusts.

1. The Living Trust, which is also known as the Revocable Trust is the trust you are most likely to have heard about. This Trust may help the passing of assets outside of probate and still allows you to keep control of everything inside that Trust. Retaining control of your assets may allow you to direct everything along the path that had intended. That Trust will stay revocable until you pass, and then it becomes irrevocable, typically.

Especially important here is that the Revocable Trust may allow you to name yourself as the trustee. A common way to think of this is that the Trust is a large truck. Inside the truck is everything that you find valuable and want to leave to others. The only person designated as the driver is you, no one else would be allowed to drive.

2. Perhaps the most important factor with an Irrevocable Trust is that it is just that, unchangeable. However, this trust is typically free of estate taxes and probate and fairly uncommon.

Contact now to prepare your state-specific Trust.