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Estate Planning: Safeguarding Your Summer Season and Beyond

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Summer: the season of sunshine, beach trips, and family vacations. As the temperature rises, many of us find ourselves yearning for relaxation, exploration, and the creation of lasting memories. Amidst the excitement of planning your perfect summer getaway, there’s one critical preparation that often gets overlooked: estate planning. Though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind as you pack your sunscreen and swimsuits, ensuring you have a proper estate plan in place can provide the peace of mind needed to truly enjoy your summer activities.

Summer Vacations: An Opportunity and a Reminder

For many, summer includes travel – a time to break free from daily routines and explore new places. Whether you’re heading to a tropical island, the mountains, or a historical city, the anticipation of a summer trip is part of the joy. However, travel also brings inherent risks. While we don’t like to dwell on them, unexpected events can happen, and being prepared for any eventuality is wise.
This is where estate planning steps in. Imagine you’re enjoying your summer vacation abroad, and something unforeseen occurs. With an updated estate plan, you can ensure that your loved ones are taken care of, and your affairs are in order. This not only alleviates personal stress but also provides clarity and security to those who matter most to you.

Key Elements of Estate Planning: Your Summer Checklist

1. Living Trust. Before you set out on your summer adventure, make sure your trust (and accompanying will) is up to date. A trust ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes outside of court. A will is where you designate legal guardians for minor children should something happen to both parents.  Both tools are crucial for detailing how you want your property and finances handled, as well as who will care for your loved ones in your absence.
2. Health Care Power of Attorney and Directive. Health emergencies can happen anytime, even during a peaceful summer retreat. A healthcare power of attorney identifies who has the legal authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated.  A health care directive, or living will, specifies your medical treatment preferences when you’re unable to communicate them. This directive can guide your loved ones and medical professionals in making decisions that align with your values.
3. General Power of Attorney.  Appointing a trusted person to manage your day-to-day financial affairs on your behalf is essential, especially if you’re traveling. A durable general power of attorney ensures that someone can manage your affairs, pay bills, and make critical decisions if you’re incapacitated.
 4. Beneficiary Designations.   Review and update beneficiary information on life insurance policies and retirement accounts. This ensures your assets go to the intended recipients without getting tied up in probate court.

The Peace of Mind Factor

Estate planning might seem daunting or even morbid to consider as you’re planning for fun in the sun. However, think of it as another form of travel insurance. Just as you wouldn’t journey without ensuring your luggage is packed and your accommodations are booked, you shouldn’t embark on life’s adventures without securing your personal affairs.
Having an estate plan provides peace of mind that’s invaluable. It allows you to focus on enjoying your vacation, knowing your loved ones are protected, and your wishes will be honored if anything unexpected arises.

Making Estate Planning Easy

The good news is that estate planning doesn’t have to be a prolonged or overly complex process. Our estate planning attorneys practice exclusively in estate planning and employ tried and true legal strategies and processes to guide you through the necessary steps in an efficient (and even pleasant!) manner.

Summer, Simplified by Estate Planning

As you pack your bags for this summer’s vacation, consider taking the time to ensure your estate planning is in order. The same principle of preparation that makes your trips smooth and enjoyable applies here. By addressing these critical aspects now, you’ll ensure that you and your family can fully embrace the joys of summer, worry-free.
So, this summer, along with your plans for barbecues and beach towels, carve out some time for estate planning. It’s an investment in tranquility, ensuring that every moment under the sun is savored to the fullest.

Bon voyage, and happy planning!

It’s easier than you think. Start by scheduling a free consultation today. 

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Kent Phelps

Attorney, CEO, and cofounder of Trajan Estate.

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