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McCurrie McCurrie
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Your will, living will and trusts are best handled now

In one of our posts last week, we discussed the role of an executor in an estate. The role of an executor is an important one, but even the best executor can't do what needs to be done unless the estate plan is solid. We know how difficult it is to think about your final arrangements and how to distribute property when you are gone. We know that it is hard to think about how you want your medical care handled in your final days. That difficulty now, however, can help to spare your loved ones the difficulty of making those decisions later.

In thinking about your final days on Earth, you have to think about which medical care you will allow and which medical care you will deny. For example, do you want to be placed on life support? Do you want to donate your organs? Do you want to donate your body to science? All of those questions can be answered in a living will or advanced directive in New Jersey.

There are a lot of decisions you have to make when it comes to your estate plan. You have to determine if a trust is right for your needs. If you might have to spend a lot of time in a nursing home, using trusts might help you to retain Medicaid eligibility so that you have an estate to leave to your children. In some cases, trusts might be able to minimize the amount of money the government gets from your estate. In both of those cases, proper use of a trust would maximize what your heirs are left with when you are gone.

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