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Will Lawyer In Gold River Warns About Matching Beneficiaries to Those Named in Your Will or Trust

June 9, 2011

As a will lawyer in Gold River, I have unfortunately seen many circumstances where a person goes through the time and expense of having an estate plan done, only to fail to update their beneficiaries on financial or retirement accounts before they pass away.

An example of this would be Mary naming her brother Bill as the beneficiary of her life insurance policy in her trust, but at the time of her death, she had a different beneficiary named on the actual policy.

Just as life changes, so do your relationships, which can affect who you want to receive your assets, especially if you do not have (or plan to have) children. Changing the beneficiary on assets such as bank accounts or life insurance policies is not uncommon, but you must remember to make sure that your will or trust reflects that change also.

Keeping your estate planning documents and beneficiaries up-to-date and coordinated is a quick and painless way to prevent legal headaches from occurring after you are gone.

Having two different named beneficiaries on two different documents can result in a lengthy and costly process to fix it – especially if each named person believes that they should be the one to inherit the asset.

The best way to avoid problems like this is to have a lawyer who specializes in Sacramento estate planning handle every aspect of your estate. If you are ready to get started, we invite you to call our office at (916) 241-9661 and ask if you qualify for a free Peace of Mind Planning Session ($750 value)

Call The Chubb Law Firm today at (916) 241-9661 to review your goals and discuss your options.

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My wife and I have some quite large complexities both in our individual preferences and the construct of our life. When planning for our trust, Heather took the time to hear EVERYTHING we said. The trust which Heather formed for our family took all our concerns into account. When everything was said and done, we received a trust which, by design, is extremely personal to our circumstance. We also are delighted to have Heather to be part of our team of advocates to help when the time comes.
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