Modernizing an Outdated Estate Plan – What to do with a Confusing, Old Trust?

Estate plans evolve. Or at least they should. Any plan that fails to achieve your goals and doesn’t match your current financial and family circumstances is out of date and is in need of an overhaul. I can help you revitalize the obsolete aspects of your plan and get you back on track for the future.

How to know if you have an outdated will or trust? If you or anyone you know signed a will or trust in 2012 or before, an immediate review should be on your to-do list. There have been many legal and policy changes since 2012, and your documents may not work as well as they could.

If you signed your will or trust after 2013 and it’s been more than a year since we talked, now is the time to make sure your plan still meets your needs and avoids confusion along with needless complexity, costs, and taxes.
Have you funded your trust? Did you spend the time and effort to work with your attorney to craft a trust and commit to fund the trust yourself after signing the trust? Have you funded your trust?

You may also be the beneficiary of a deceased loved one’s will or trust. These older trusts left by a parent or grandparent can often benefit from a “remodel” or modernization.

Quality estate planning is an ongoing process. Like investment or financial planning, tax planning, health and fitness, and so many other aspects of life, proper estate planning is an ongoing process that you must revisit regularly. I make it my business to keep up with the latest developments in legislation and know how to make changes to your plans to avoid risks and seize opportunities. But, I need your help and your engagement in the process to help you avoid the negative consequences of outdated or obsolete planning.

You are not trapped by old plans. Now that you are aware of an outdated trust posing a potential risk to your family’s long-term well-being, I can work with you to restate or amend your revocable trust or will. This is a straightforward solution that can update and modernize your trusts and make them ready for the current realities of the legal and financial landscape we live in today.

Just as there are many ways to remodel a home, there are many strategies and legal tools that can be used to modernize old estate plans. Since each plan is unique, the way to update it will be as well. Coming up with the most effective strategy requires careful consideration of your current goals and needs, as well as your tolerance for risk.

Even though there is no way to know for sure what to do until some analysis is complete, it’s better to have an informed choice rather than acting upon the assumption that your plan will work as intended, especially if it hasn’t been professionally reviewed. These are complex legal processes, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
I want you to have the best possible plan for your family.

Since you and your circumstances are unique, give me a call today and let’s explore the options. I look forward to hearing from you.

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