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  • Writer's pictureJeremiah Butout

Why Insurance is a Must-Have Element of Estate Planning

You probably already know that insurance is something you should have in case of unforeseen events. When it comes to estate planning, insurance helps manage the distribution of your assets the way you see fit. It may also help prevent lengthy legal processes.

Insurance provides some financial support for your family, which might cover estate taxes, debts, and other expenses. Including insurance in your estate plans gives you a bit of confidence that your family has a plan of support, even after you are gone.

Insurance Offers Several Benefits When Estate Planning

Insurance is one major aspect of estate planning that offers several benefits to policyholders and their families.

The Goal of Financial Security Managed With Insurance

Everyone has financial goals, which insurance may help. After your insurance kicks in, your family members may be able to access funds to cover expenses after unforeseen events. That way, your family doesn't have to worry as much about funeral costs, medical bills, any outstanding debts, and other expenses that might come up.

Insurance Simplifies the Distribution of Assets

The next major benefit insurance provides in estate planning is that it simplifies the distribution of assets to beneficiaries and helps avoid the hassles associated with lengthy and stressful probate processes.

Business Owners May Use Insurance for Succession Plans

Insurance may help business owners establish succession plans. If you're a business owner, you may use insurance to fund buy-sell agreements, key-person insurance, and other arrangements that might help you continue your business after death. This provides financial management for the family and manages the business's legacy and reputation.

Types of Insurance to Consider for Estate Planning

In addition to creating a will, trusts, and other legal documents, it's important to consider different types of insurance to make a well-informed decision.

Life Insurance

One of the most popular types of insurance out there is life insurance, and it may be an appropriate option depending on your wants and needs. It provides a lump-sum payment to the designated beneficiaries after the policyholder's death.

Disability Insurance

For those who rely on income from a job to support themselves and their loved ones, disability insurance could be an appropriate estate planning option. There are two types: short-term disability insurance and long-term disability insurance.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Seniors and individuals with chronic health conditions, who may require ongoing care, may want to consider long-term care insurance. This type of insurance is important because it could help guard your assets in case you need long-term care.

Liability Insurance

You might not think you need to plan for potential lawsuit claims of injury, property damage, or negligence, but few may predict the future. That's where liability insurance comes into play.

Choosing Appropriate Insurance Policies

If you're thinking about purchasing insurance policies, you might want to consider consulting with a qualified financial professional. They could guide you when choosing policies for your estate planning needs. Just make sure you convey your wants, needs, and concerns.

Important Disclosures:

The insurance content in this material is for general information and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for individualized legal advice. Please consult your legal advisor regarding your specific situation.

This article was prepared by WriterAccess.

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