How Good is Your Estate Planning?
A will covers any asset solely owned in your name. A will does not cover property co-owned by you with others listed as joint tenants, nor does your will cover assets that pass directly to your loved ones via a beneficiary designation, such as life insurance, IRAs, 401(k)s, and payable-on-death bank accounts.
Trusts, on the other hand, cover any asset that has been transferred, or “funded,” to the trust or where the trust is the named beneficiary of an account or policy. That said, if an asset hasn’t been properly funded to the trust, it won’t be covered, so it’s critical to work with an estate planning attorney to ensure your trust works as intended.
How good is your estate plan? Check out our Estate Plan Checklist. Missing any of these items? Reach out to Horizon Law Firm.