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Your estate plan is hardly ever done. Be sure to update your plan every three years or after any big life changes. Our skilled estate planning attorneys are committed to ensuring that you and your future are protected.

Why should I update my estate plan?

It is highly advised that if you have an estate plan that has not been updated in over three years, that you take a look at it and think about making some modifications. Estate plans should also be reexamined after certain events occur in your life that can alter your lifestyle and needs. The most typical events that should prompt you to reach out to your estate planning attorney can include any of the following:

  • Executors or trustees become inappropriate: Circumstances change and sometimes the people we elected in our estate plan are not the most suitable fit for our needs anymore. For instance, the people you chose may be unable to perform the tasks as you would like them to have, someone else may be a better choice, or someone has aged, moved away, or passed away.
  • Your retirement plan is outdated: One of the biggest mistakes in estate plans is the failure to renew the beneficiary designations of IRAs, 401(k)s, and other retirement plans.  Beneficiary designations also establish who gets annuities, life insurance, some financial accounts, and some other assets. Make sure to review each of these forms and amend them if desired.
  • You moved to another state: Each state has its own estate planning laws, which is why it is critical that you update your estate plan as soon as possible after moving to a new place. In some states, there may be variations in the number of witnesses required in order for a will to be valid, while in other states, depending on where you live, may make a spouse inherit a minimum share of an estate.
  • There is a change in your affection: Usually, this means there has been an addition to the family. This can refer to a new child or grandchild. It is crucial to update your documents to reflect this change so that your added family members can be included. There also may be times where you would like to remove someone from your estate plans, such as after divorce or death. No matter what the conditions are, it is important that your plan follows your current life situation.


Whether you are dealing with matters involving estate planning, estate administration, or elder law, you need a legal team that you can feel confident will represent your best interests, every step of the way. We are that legal team. Contact Heritage Elder Law & Estate Planning today so we can get started.

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