Your Estate Planning Checklist START THINKING ABOUT THESE 3 THINGS
Estate Planning is one of the best things you can do for your loved ones. This ensures that your assets will be distributed and your estate will be managed as you would like when you’re gone. Preparing your estate can be stressful because you have to think about many things and prepare numerous documents. But estate planning doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Here are a few things you need to think about. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR ASSETS. You want to look at all of your assets and estimate their value. These are items you would like to have distributed to your loved ones. It’s essential to begin looking at your possessions because you can add these to your trust later on. Your assets can include houses, land, vehicles, art, and other personal items. You can also add your checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, life insurance policies, and retirement plans. Make sure to collect all of your property titles and deeds during this time. CREATE A LIVING TRUST. A living trust allows you to distribute your assets after you pass away through a designated successor trustee. This trust also allows your estate to avoid probate. You first need to create, sign, and notarize your trust with the help of an attorney to begin this process. This is when you appoint the person who will
manage your trust when you pass away. Once this document is completed, you will need to transfer your property to your trust.
MAKE A LIST OF YOUR FUNERAL WISHES. This list will help your loved ones know if and how you want your final remains to be handled. In addition, you can outline other wishes such as where you want your funeral to be held, passages to be read, whom you would like to speak at your service, and more. Although this isn’t a legal document, it’s good to have these things written down so your wishes can be honored.
Planning your estate for when you pass can be difficult. However, doing so will relieve the stress on your loved ones. We can provide you with the required legal documents, help you decide what to add to your estate plan, and help outline how you want your assets distributed. If you have any questions about estate planning, allow your friends at Absolute Law Group to assist you.
Chocolate Pecan Fondue
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This Valentine’s Day, forget the entree! Surprise your honey with a delicious chocolate treat!
Inspired by TasteOfHome.com
Ingredients • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream • 2 tbsp honey • 9 oz semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces • 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped • 1 tsp vanilla extract • Fresh fruit of your choice
Directions 1. In a sturdy saucepan over low heat, combine cream and honey. Stir until mixed thoroughly and heat until warm. 2. Add in chocolate, stirring until melted. 3. Stir in pecans and vanilla. 4. Transfer to a fondue pot or a slow cooker to keep warm. 5. Serve with fruit, cookies, and marshmallows of your choice.
BEADS CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL FOOTBALL
HISTORY LUNAR PINK PRESIDENTS
SWEETHEART TIGER VALENTINE VIOLET
• Shortbread cookies • Large marshmallows
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