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20 Red Flags That Signal When Your Will or Living Trust is Out of Date

by Jeff Roberts posted Apr 15 2015 4:20 PM

I offer clients the opportunity to sit down with me and review their estate plans at least once each year.  However, this doesn’t mean you should wait until your next review if your circum­stanc­es change.  This Estate Planning Checklist identifies events that could make a significant impact on your estate.  If any of these events occurs, please call me.  For your protection, we may need to amend or revise one or more of your estate planning documents. 

Changes Involving You or Your Spouse 

1.  You get married.

2.  You and your spouse divorce.

3.  Your spouse dies or becomes incapacitated.

4.  Your health changes. 


Changes Involving Your Children, Grandchildren or Other Beneficiaries 

5.  You have a child.

6.  You adopt a child.

7.  Your child marries.

8.  Your child divorces.

9.  Your child becomes ill.

10.  One of your beneficiaries experiences an economic change, good or bad.

11.  One of your beneficiaries proves to be financially irresponsible.

12.  One of your beneficiaries has a change in attitude toward you.


Changes in Your Economic Condition 

13.  The value of your assets increases or decreases.

14.  Your insurability for life insurance changes.

15.  Your employment changes.

16.  Your business interests change, such as becoming involved in a new partner­ship or corpora­tion.

17.  You retire from your business or profession.

18.  You acquire property in a different state.

19.  You move to a different state. 


Changes to a Person Named in Your Estate Plan

 20.  Something happens to a person named in your estate plan, such as the death or incapac­ity of your personal representative, executor, trustee, guardian or conserva­tor.


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Jeff Roberts, Attorney and CPA, is the founder of RobertsLaw, with offices in Jerseyville and Alton, IL.  RobertsLaw focuses on planning:  estate and elder planning and probate, entrepreneur and corporate business planning;  and transition planning for farmers and business owners looking to sell to outside parties or hand over the reins to family or trusted employees. 




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