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Ever been in a situation that seemed entirely impossible until it happened? I think most people have because life has a knack for being unpredictable. They say hindsight is 20/20; unfortunately hindsight or regret provides no opportunities to remedy decisions wrongfully made in the past. While we may not be able to accurately predict the future or change the past to favour the present we can put plans in place to ensure that life does not throw us unpleasant surprises and that we have little or no regrets if these surprises come our way. One way to achieve this is through estate planning, more specifically through writing a Will and creating a trust.
The thought of planning one’s estate is usually a scary one as it makes people painfully aware of their mortality.Whatever misgivings one may have, it is more practical than it is scary to plan one’s estate in detail than to leave one’s affairs to eventualities. Estate planning in reality has little to do with impending death and more to do with protecting one’s interest.
Estate planning is the process of preparing for the transfer of a person’s wealth and assets after his or her death or in the event of mental incapacity. This can be done at any time during one’s lifetime. One’s estate is comprised of everything one owns; this may include their home, other real estate, bank accounts, insurance, etc. Estate planning is not a process reserved for the affluent. Almost everyone owns an estate.The process of estate planning can be a complicated one, so it is best to consult an Estate Advisor, a lawyer and financial adviser when drawing up your estate plan and preparing for unpleasant surprises.