Estate Planning in Utah

Not many people look forward to the time when they will be unable to manage their finances or care for their family.  For this reason estate planning in Utah is one of the least popular past times.  People put this off as long as possible because actually sitting down to plan for the future can be stressful.  This stress often comes from imaging a future that we are not part of but there are ways to make the overall process easier to manage.

Start a Will Draft with What You Know

Too many people waste time and energy digging through paperwork and old records when the time comes to draft a will.  They are desperate to include every detail in their plans that they worry themselves to distraction trying to find documents that are not nearly as important as they think.

When creating a draft of your will include the basics of all property, policies, and accounts that you have.  Do not worry about finding a long forgotten account number or the exact dollar amount of a policy.  Instead worry about acknowledging the existence of the account and plan to find the documents later.

Use Professionals to Avoid Conflict

It is not uncommon for people to spend the majority of their estate planning process trying to decide who should act as agent or executor.  They want to avoid hard feelings or arguments among friends and relatives who might feel as though they have been overlooked.  One way to avoid conflict and long drawn out debates is to hire professional executors and agents to act on your behalf.  There will be a fee involved but it will be worth it if it buys you even a little peace of mind.

Do Not Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Trying to do everything yourself or research everything yourself could lead to many sleepless nights and wasted hours.  Many people attempt to tackle all of their estate planning in Utah totally on their own.  They do not want to ask for outside help for fear of appearing ignorant or in an attempt to save money.

Instead of stressing yourself out contact a local attorney.  There are many who work on a flat or hourly fee that would be happy to provide you with the advice you need.  These people already know everything that you will spend days trying to find out and will be able to take most, if not all, of the burden off of your shoulders.  Plus, they will be able to go over anything that you have already accomplished to check for mistakes or offer additional advice and suggestions.

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