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Estate planning is important for everyone, but for Arizona grandparents, it can be particularly important. Grandparents may want to ensure that their wealth and assets are distributed according to their wishes after they pass away, and they may also want to provide for their grandchildren’s future financial needs.

Create a Will

A will is a legal document that outlines how you would like your property and assets to be distributed after your passing. Having a will in place is essential, as it can help ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. If you do not have a will, your assets will be distributed according to state law, which may not align with your wishes.

Consider a Trust

A trust is another estate planning tool that can be beneficial for grandparents. A trust allows you to transfer your assets to a trustee, who will manage them on behalf of your beneficiaries, including your grandchildren. A trust can be helpful if you have a large estate or want to ensure your assets are protected and managed according to your wishes.

Name Beneficiaries

It is essential to name beneficiaries on all of your financial accounts, including bank accounts, retirement accounts and life insurance policies. By naming beneficiaries, you can ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and avoid probate court proceedings.

Consider Life Insurance

Life insurance can provide financial support for your grandchildren in the event of your passing. You may want to consider purchasing a life insurance policy that will provide financial support for your grandchildren until they reach adulthood or until they finish college.

Talk to Your Family

It is helpful to talk to your family about your estate planning decisions. This can prevent conflicts and ensure that your wishes are understood and followed. You may consider holding a family meeting to discuss your estate planning decisions and allow your family members to ask questions and share their concerns.

Planning for the Future

Estate planning is an essential consideration for grandparents. By creating a will, considering a trust, naming beneficiaries, purchasing life insurance and maintaining open communication with your family, you can ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and provide financial support for your grandchildren’s future.

Andre L. Pennington attributes his passion and success as an Arizona estate planning lawyer and licensed financial professional to one thing: wanting to do what’s right for his Family.