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Giving you peace of mind as you navigate a complex process

You must think about the future of your loved ones after you pass away, even though estate planning can be a difficult thing to approach — and it’s easy to put it off. Setting up sound wills, trusts and other estate planning documents helps people protect their family members. Finalizing your estate planning strategies can give you peace of mind, and the helpful attorneys at Ward & Ward in Indianapolis can guide you through an ever-changing plethora of State and Federal laws.

Planning for the future of your estate

Regardless of your current state of health, it’s never too early to begin the estate planning process so you can ensure the protection of your loved ones if the worst should occur. To start this process, it is important to understand the various elements of a good estate plan and how they connect with each other.

An estate plan arranges for the transfer of your assets in anticipation of death to retain maximum wealth for beneficiaries. It includes total property, real and personal, owned by an individual prior to distribution through a trust or will. And although trusts and wills are important elements of any estate plan, there are key differences between them, which may influence how you choose to distribute your assets and property.

Avoid complications by drafting a will

Essentially, a will is a written, signed and attested document that dictates the management of your estate after you pass away. It also names an executor who manages the distribution of your assets according to the wishes you outline. You can specify which items you would like to go to particular beneficiaries, such as vehicles, real estate, art, jewelry and intellectual property. This is especially important if these items have sentimental value or are family heirlooms.

Wills also make things easier if you’re in a relationship with someone to whom you are not married. You can leave your partner assets or property through your will, which saves that person the trouble of fighting for these items if you pass away.

Setting up a trust for beneficiaries

One of the key benefits of a trust is that it’s not subject to the probate process, which can save your beneficiaries time and money. There are several different types of trusts the team at Ward & Ward can draft, including:

  • Land trust. A trustee holds ownership of land for the benefit of an individual or entity. This is typically used for large landholdings.
  • Fixed trust. The trustee has limited discretion in the management of assets. This is also known as a nondiscretionary trust.
  • Pot trust. The funds are spent at the discretion of the trustee, rather than dividing assets evenly. This type of fund is set up for children.

Get the estate planning process started in Indianapolis today

If you have questions about proper estate planning, consult with an experienced lawyer. Call Ward & Ward today at 317-639-9501 or contact us online. We can meet with you at your convenience and are ready to provide comprehensive estate planning services to you and your family.

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