A Will is a legally binding document that outlines your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets upon your death. While a Will is important, it is only one aspect of the estate planning process. An estate plan is a detailed set of documents that can involve your Will, trusts, powers of attorney, life insurance, beneficiary designations and property ownership.
An effective estate plan aims to maximise the value of the estate by reducing taxes and expenses while providing clarity around your wishes.
One key difference between a Will and an estate plan is that an estate plan is a comprehensive plan that includes documents that are effective during the course of your lifetime while a Will only takes effect at the time of your passing. Together these documents outline who has the power to make healthcare and financial decisions on your behalf during your life, and who receives your assets at the time of your death.
With our guidance, we will take you through all of the aspects you need to consider and ensure you have the things most important to you covered.
To find out more about our approach to estate planning, please contact us.