Have you ever said or overheard someone else say I do not need a Will, Power of Attorney or Advance Care Directive? By not engaging in estate planning you are allowing laws enacted by the legislature to make your decisions.
A person who dies without leaving a valid Last Will & Testament (Will) is said to have died intestate. This can cause serious headaches with the administration of their estate. Wills contain several important pieces
This article specifically addresses the Pros and Cons of accounts that are titled ‘Joint Tenant with Rights of Survivorship’, (JTWROS). An account, titled in two or more persons’ names that have rights of survivorship, is jointly owned by those individuals.
There is a common misconception that all real and personal property will pass through an individual’s estate upon his or her death. Though, some assets avoid the probate process altogether depending on how the property is titled.