The Fundamentals of Estate Planning

The Fundamentals of Estate Planning

A comprehensive estate plan empowers you to:

Ensure

Ensure that your wishes and family needs are met.

Dispose

Dispose of assets according to your desires.

Protect

Protect family wealth and privacy.

Plan

Plan for your own needs.

Minimize

Minimize taxes and expenses.

If you do not have a will when you pass away, State Laws (Statute) and/or the court system will decide who your heirs are and how much they receive.

60%

Of US Adults Do Not Have A Will

50%

Of US Adults Have Not Named A Healthcare POA Or Proxy

Get to know these important estate-planning tools.

Wills and Trusts

Specifies who should receive which of your assets, and how, after your death. A will allows you to name guardians for any dependent children. Trusts function as their own entity and govern distribution of funds to beneficiaries, allowing for more control of an estate.

Power of Attorney (POA)

Designates a party to make financial decisions on your behalf if you cannot.

Advance Directive

Expresses your wishes for any medical intervention if you become terminally ill and are unable to communicate.

Healthcare POA or Proxy

Names a person to make your healthcare decisions if you are unable to do so.

Listing of Financial Records

Catalogues your financial information and its location to assist fiduciaries upon your death.

Informal Letter of Instruction or Intent

Gives your family and executor guidance to help lead them through the estate settlement process.

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A trusted advisor can simplify estate planning by coordinating the work of specialists in:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Charitable giving
  • Investment management
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax strategies
  • Business succession planning
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Borrowing and liquidity

For more information, please contact your advisor.

The Key Wealth Institute is comprised of a collection of financial professionals representing Key entities including Key Private Bank, KeyBank Institutional Advisors, and Key Investment Services.

Any opinions, projections, or recommendations contained herein are subject to change without notice and are not intended as individual investment advice.

This material is presented for informational purposes only and should not be construed as individual tax or financial advice.

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