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Can you sell your home at a bargain?

Your family home is worth $250,000, but you want to essentially give it to one of your children. You have now moved out, and you live in a nursing home anyway, so it seems like a good idea to pass it on independent of your other estate planning. That is to say, you're not going to wait for it to go to your heirs with the rest of the estate.

You may need to update your estate executor

When you create your estate plan, you pick an executor. It's one thing to write out the plan, but you must remember that you won't be around to put it into action, so you need someone to do that on your behalf. You want to talk to them first and make sure they're up for the job.

Contact with children leads to unequal bequests

Thinking of leaving unequal bequests to your children? This simply means splitting up the estate in a way that does not leave the exact assets to everyone. Suppose you have three children and $900,000. Instead of giving them all $300,000, you leave half of the estate to your firstborn and leave the remainder split between the other two.

Considering inheritance timing with a second marriage

You have a lot to consider when looking at your estate plan as you get married again. A second marriage can complicate that plan, no matter when in life it happens. That's not to say you shouldn't get married, but just that you need to carefully consider what it means and what you can do about it.

Life insurance companies don't care about your will

You decide that it's time to write a will. You have a fair amount of complex assets, but much of your wealth comes from a life insurance policy. You know that it's going to pay out when you pass away, so you write into the will that the money should get split evenly between your three children. It seems easy enough, and you assume that covers it.

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