Most of us are not financially fit. We are not completely aware of how our money is being spent. We have too much debt and spend money on the wrong things. While it can be challenging to turn things around, it’s well within your reach.
There is no single, correct path to financial prosperity. Different solutions work for different people.
While there are multiple paths, there are some steps that are critical, regardless of the path followed:
Perhaps you, like many others, believe that once your will has been drawn up, that is the end of the process. While wills have never been anyone's idea of fun, it’s important to review your will on a regular basis. There are many reasons to pull out your will and give it a thorough review.
Let's examine the most common reasons:
Estate planning is an uncomfortable subject for many. For the self-employed, the topic can be even more sensitive. Estate planning can be quite complicated when you own a business. There are business assets, business accounts, and the ever-looming threat of bankruptcy.
Health issues are another concern. Entrepreneurs are often unable to afford good health insurance or long-term care protection. Business assets are at risk if you become unable to work.
Business owners can also have a much larger estate tax burden. Minimizing these taxes requires thoughtful planning and expert guidance.
If you’re self-employed, consider these ideas regarding your estate planning:
1. Power of Attorney. For the more conventionally employed, all that’s usually needed is someone you can trust. For the self-employed, remember that the person with power of attorney will be making business decisions if you become incapable.
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On the other hand, the experience varies for each individual. You might feel overwhelmed by emotional and financial issues. You might find yourself thriving and enjoying life more.
Whatever your circumstances, the end of a marriage is a major transition. Try these suggestions for keeping your mind and body strong and fit.
1. Schedule screenings. The stress of a divorce can affect your immune system and make you more vulnerable to many serious health conditions. Be proactive. Discuss your situation with your doctor and follow their recommendations...
How to Create an Estate Plan
An estate plan is an important part of organizing your future. Legal forms used in estate planning let you stay in control of your care in the event of incapacitation and establish how your assets will be passed along when you pass on.
1. Find an estate planning attorney. You will need an experienced attorney to help you put together an estate plan. This can be a complicated matter that requires a great deal of legal paperwork.
2. Organize your files and examine your assets. Your attorney will need to see the details of your assets.
3. Discuss potential issues with your attorney. Do you anticipate a big fight among your children once you're gone? Do you have extensive debts that need to be paid?
4. Ensure you have a will. You may also want a living will so your wishes for your medical care are followed if you become incapacitated.
5.File beneficiary forms and make final...