The Biggest Estate Planning Blunders of All Time
February 4, 2020 by Bryan Kuderna
Estate planning is defined by Merriam-Webster as the arranging for the disposition and management of one’s estate at death through the use of wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other devices. A broader definition would include the same exercise in preparation of not only death but also one’s incapacitation. In plain English, it is instruction on how decisions should be made if you are not here, be it due to death, incapacitation, or maybe hiking Machu Picchu in an area with poor cell reception.
The aforementioned instructions can cover just about any topic imaginable. Most references to estate planning are financial, but wills and trusts will often guide decisions regarding health care, guardianships, business, education, all the way to who gets grandpa’s rare penny from 1892.
Estate planning, which most folks first think of as drafting their will, is usually conducted by an attorney. Costs for drafting an estate plan vary widely based on location and complexity but can range from a couple hundred dollars on the low-end up to several thousand dollars.