Do you really need to learn about estate planning? If one or more of the following is true for you, then the answer should be yes:

  • You want a say in who receives your assets after you're gone.
  • You want your kids or grandkids to receive their share of assets when they are mature enough to handle the responsibility -- and not all at once.
  • You want someone you know, not a court-appointed administrator, to handle the distribution of your assets.
  • You think it's important to maximize the amount of money you provide to your beneficiaries, and minimize court costs and taxes.
  • You want to select the appropriate guardian for your child.
  • You want your business to continue after your death.

If you're thinking to yourself, "Jeepers ... that includes just about everyone," you're right.

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