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Wills and estate planning

No matter how old you are, creating a will and estate planning are an important part of your financial picture. Use the content in this section to help you get started.
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Wills and estate planning

What is probate and the probate process

As you start thinking about your estate planning, you've got important decisions to consider and detail in a will. If you don't, your loved ones may find your estate stuck in the courts during the probate process. That may take months, if not years, to process.

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What is a living trust?

A living trust is similar to a last will and testament in the sense that you can direct how you want to distribute your assets, but there are a few key differences. Understand them now.

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Should I have a will?

Without a will, disbursement of your estate will be administered by a designated state court according to those laws rather than your wishes.

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Medical power of attorney

There might come a time when you need someone to carry out your healthcare wishes on your behalf. Having your preferences and plans documented can alleviate some of the burden.

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How to cope with death

The death of a friend or family member can be so overwhelming for those left behind that it can have a long-term impact on their physical, emotional and mental health.

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What to do after a loved one dies

Whether it's a spouse or parent, there is no easy way to handle the passing of a loved one.

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What you need to know about writing your own will

If you have limited assets, only one or two beneficiaries and no major tax issues, you may want to write your own will. If you are considering it, here are some tips.

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