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Dianne Williams Wildt, MBA

Certified Retirement Counselor®

Since 1983 in the financial services and investment industry

 

Retirement Pathways, Inc.

4500 Bowling Blvd., Suite 100

Louisville, KY 40207

 

Phone:  502-797-1258

 

Email: dianne@retirementpathways.com

Website: www.retirementpathways.com

May/June 2023

Estate Planning for the Younger Crowd

Estate Planning for the Younger Crowd

In your 20s or 30s, you’re probably focused on building your career and enjoying your current lifestyle. So, you may not have given a lot of thought to estate planning. However, creating a basic estate plan may help protect you if the unforeseen happens.


A Will
A will specifies how you want your property distributed and names an executor or personal representative to carry out your wishes. Property can include digital assets, such as photos, online/social media accounts, important documents, passwords, etc., and you can specify who can access which accounts and what should be done with them. You can also name a guardian in your will for any minor children you have.


Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney
A living will, or medical directive, specifies what lifesaving medical treatment you would or would not want in the event you’re incapacitated and cannot speak for yourself. A health care power of attorney names someone you trust as your advocate to make medical decisions for you if you can’t make them yourself.


Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
This document authorizes someone to act on your behalf in financial matters if you’re unable to attend to them yourself. A durable power of attorney goes into effect only if you become incapacitated.


Term Insurance for Student Loans
Federal student loans and Parent PLUS loans are automatically discharged if the borrower dies while the loans are outstanding. But, if a parent, spouse or someone else cosigned for a loan from a private lender, such as a financial institution, the death of the borrower could cause the lender to require repayment from the cosigner. A term life insurance policy with a benefit in the amount of the outstanding loan could protect cosigners by providing the cash needed for repayment.


Caring for Pets
For most pet owners, pets are members of the family. Adding a pet guardianship clause to your will can ensure that your pet(s) is cared for by a friend or family member. Funding a pet trust to pay for food, veterinary care and other expenses and selecting a trustee to manage the funds can ensure your pet receives lifelong care.


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