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Estate planning is a must for every Kent resident

"Where do we go when we die?" is one of the most sought out questions that every single Kent resident has asked themselves. The answer varies from person to person but one thing is certain, one cannot predict their own fatality. Death can be prevented in some cases and delayed other times, but one thing a person does have control of is creating a plan for their end-of-life wishes.

Death can occur at any age and at any time. Being prepared by setting up a proper estate plan can ensure loved ones left behind are not burdened with probate court. It is estimated that nearly half of Americans lack the most basic estate plan leaving loved ones with no legal means of dividing assets and property of a beloved deceased. Without a will or trust, probate courts can often cause hassle and increase stress to loved ones. It may also go against the deceased's end-of-life wishes. By taking a little time to set up a basic estate plan, many individuals can better prepare for an untimely death.

Typically most estate plans do not take a lot of time to create and can be relatively affordable. Most basic estate plans will include a will or trust. The point of these is to eliminate any ambiguity for how one's property and assets are divided. Anything from who will take care of a pet to which child gets to keep the 69' Mustang can all be included in a will or trust. Most estate plans can also be updated at any time. Once a simple and effective estate plan is set up, multiple copies should be made and distributed to loved ones as well as an attorney.

Death is seldom planned for; any Kent resident concerned about their end-of-life wishes being carried out should consider an estate plan. Often times attorneys can help set up a basic plan that will ensure probate court is avoided upon one's demise.

Source: Huffington Post, "9 Ways To Make Things Easier For Your Survivors," Scott Taylor Smith, April 20, 2013

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