A few months ago, I was with a client and his health was failing.
I asked him how long how it had been since he reviewed his estate plan.
He said, “Oh a few years ago and it’s all good.” I asked if we could call his estate attorney to check in and he accepted the invitation.
It turned out his estate plan was not up to date, it had several gaps, and critical pieces of information were missing.
Actions were taken to have his current desires reflected in his estate plan documents.
Last week I was notified that he had passed away. Although, I was saddened by his passing, I was so glad he took the time to update his wishes and avoid a very drawn out probate process.
It is important to check your beneficiary forms every year for your IRA and other qualified accounts.
Your trust or will does not dictate nor control your IRA. They are separate assets. Whoever is listed as your beneficiary on your life insurance, 401-k, or IRA gets your money.
Please take time to update your estate plan and speak with those who you want to take over when you eventually pass. Life is short and unexpected events happen everyday.