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Aug 17, 2007
An estate consists of all the property you own or control. There are two kinds of property - the real property and personal property.

Real property is the real estate itself and everything attached to it, like company which you own and your house with the barn. Personal property is everything else - automobiles, the furniture, jewelry, and many more.

Estate planning is a method to think all finances through and to set up legally valuable preparations that would meet your detailed requests if something happens to you or your loved ones. Estate planning gives you the preference on distributing the real and personal property to your beneficiary.

Financially, a well-organized estate plan includes instructions on what would happen on your home, all you have invested on, your business and every aspect of it, your life insurance and all the benefits you have acquired all throughout the years - in the occurrence that you could become disabled or even face death.

Personally, estate planning is important because it deals with instructions to direct out your wants concerning health care affairs. These are the instances that when you become disabled and cannot decide for yourself, you assign one person to lead your instructions if you prefer to be treated or if you want yourself to be pulled out of the plug.

In estate planning, you aim to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for your intended beneficiaries prior to your death. Here are some common ways in which you could dispose of your wealth.

Last Will and Testament

A will or commonly known as the last will and testament. This deed serves as a bridge to transfer the assets in your name to the person you wish to have it. This only becomes effective after your death.

Secure Power of Attorney

Secure power of attorney for your health care. This is document which assigns a person to compel to make decisions concerning your health attention treatments.

Secure power of attorney for property. This is a document which gives power to the one you appoint to handle financial matters when the time comes when you are unable to do so.

Directive to Physicians

Directive to Physicians is a document that discusses the advanced directives you made for hospitals and doctors. This kind of document includes directions when you suffer from coma or permanent incapacity that health care treatments should be stopped.

There are many other ways in distributing your own properties and estate. Not only do the wealthy people should plan for their estate.

Everyone who has real or personal property, who is concerned about their health conditions, and is a parent of a minor child, could start an estate plan.

By preparing and implementing an estate contract, you must be able to testify that all of the information is legitimate. Failure to prove you worthy of legal capacity could lead to subjection of fraud during the implementation of your estate plan.

There are attorneys whose expertise is the documentation of distribution of wealth and assets. Learn to research for the best and be aware of the laws regarding estate planning. Because it is pre-planned with legal advice, you would be able to avoid financial and emotional graveness of a poorly drafted estate plan.

By studying your options carefully while consulting with the estate experts and your family members, planning your estate would be a practical way to close the deal.
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James Monahan is the owner and Senior Editor of
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