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Estate Planning Concerns for Young Professionals in Fair Oaks – Part II

March 12, 2015

In the previous part of this series, we looked at three of the documents that a Fair Oaks estate lawyer would most recommend for a new, young professional:

  • Beneficiary Designations
  • Financial Power of Attorney
  • Advance Healthcare Directive (Medical Power of Attorney)

There is one final must-have document for the young professional, however.

  • Last Will and Testament


Now we’re finally getting to the part that most people associate with an estate planning lawyer: the last will and testament. While you may initially think that you don’t really have much need for a will, think again. A will is designed to give you an authoritative say in what happens to your estate upon your death. Without a will, all of your assets, debts, etc. will be under the control of the court system and the default laws in place. For example, if you are unmarried and without children, your whole estate would likely go to your parents and/or siblings. So, if you want to leave a particular item to a dear friend, funds for nieces and nephews, or even an inheritance to your significant other, you need a will to do so.

There are a whole lot of reasons that creating a will with an experienced Fair Oaks estate lawyer is the way to go. First of all, you have a say in how things are distributed. Secondly, it keeps from adding further burden to your parents’ and others’ grief. An additional consideration is that you can make your own funeral arrangements (and determine how to pay for them), again relieving some burden on your loved ones.

Without a doubt, there are plenty of other ways that a young professional can benefit from sitting down with an estate lawyer in Fair Oaks. The earlier you begin to plan, the more likely you are to reach the goals you set for yourself!

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Heather was wonderful. She explained, in understandable terms, why it is important to establish an estate plan. I never realized what would happen, without a plan in place, and we could not bear the thought of our child in arms of absolute strangers while the court system sorted out his future.

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