Estate Planning Isn’t Just for the Wealthy. Start Preparing Now.
Estate planning is considered by many to apply only to the wealthy and who have numerous assets. But preparing for the future is a common-sense habit for people of all income levels, and can save your loved ones in time and money in the long run. The current pandemic crisis has many people huddled down and looking at issues that had previously not occurred to them.
“Estate planning has become a generic term. It’s really how you handle your assets and transfer them from one generation to the next.” says Elder Law and Estate Planning attorney, Matthew Fedor. “Estate planning is really important for everybody, the less money you have, the more planning you should do.”
Fedor recently appeared on WDET 101.9 FM, Detroit NPR podcast, to answer questions and discuss the importance of estate planning, why it is important for everyone regardless of income level and why it should be explored early and often. Listen to the full podcast here.
Due to the shock of the death of a spouse or a loved one, the steps of what needs to be done first can be an overwhelming process for the survivor(s). To aid in the breakdown and to act as a tool amidst the emotional days ahead, estate planning Jonathan "Jay" David has assembled a "Survivor's Checklist" of some of the important things that need to be addressed when a spouse or loved one dies.
COVID-19 Checklist & Elder Organizer Tool
For adult children responsible for their elderly parents and other senior caretakers concerned about protecting loved ones as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, below is a free downloadable checklist of steps to follow to prepare for any possible COVID-19-related illnesses among the most-vulnerable.
Foster Swift has created a free ‘Elder Organizer’ digital notebook to provide seniors and their caretakers with a toolkit that helps organize doctors’ appointments, medications, and more that can be shared online. The tools below are also available on the Elder Law Resources page.
*For those trying to access these links by smartphone, it is best practice to copy/open the link in a separate tab and download the free Google Sheets app from Google Play or the Apple Store.
- Powers of Attorney
- Health Care Reform
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- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Legislative Updates
- Financing Long-term Care
- Did you Know?
- Dementia & Alzheimer's
- Long-Term Care
- VA Aid & Attendance
- Personal Property Tax
- Digital Assets
- Fraud & Abuse
- Senior Exploitation & Abuse
- Alerts and Updates
E-book Covers Estate Planning Essentials
Engaging in estate planning, while essential, is often emotional and generates many questions. How do I protect my spouse and my children if something happens to me? What happens if I become disabled before I pass on? Who will take care of my pet after I'm gone? How do I pass my business on to my children? These questions and more are addressed in Jonathan David’s recently updated e-book, “Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish.”
Need Help Planning?
For more tools, visit our Elder Law Resource page for additional content. Click here to view/download the Foster Swift estate planning brochure to see what our experienced team of attorneys can do for you.