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The Legal Side of Real Estate

Purchasing real estate can be a lot of fun. You get to look at various homes, make offers on ones you love, and look forward to moving into a space that's all your own. However, there is also a dry, complex side of the real estate world. There are legal steps that need to be taken during every sale, and sometimes legal issues come up during other transactions such as a refinance. Real estate attorneys can take care of all of this for you. These professionals can be depended on whether you're buying or selling. Read more about their work on this blog.


What Comprises Proper Estate Planning?

Good estate planning is essential to secure the future of your family. A well-executed estate plan should provide the future for your family while ensuring that your property is transferred correctly and fairly. However, good estate planning is not as easy as it sounds. Many find it difficult to write down such detailed (and important) information on paper. But,  the investment of time, effort, and money are worth it. The time you invest in estate planning will ultimately pay off, so it's worth the effort to get it right. However, for estate planning to work, it must include several elements, including: 

 1. Will  

 A will is the most basic element of estate planning. A will allows you to determine what will happen to your property after your death. This includes: 

 • Family care 

 • Make sure your spouse is catered for 

 • Preparation for your children and grandchildren 

 • Leaves money with the person who took care of you 

A will can also be used to explain the creation of a trust, ensuring that your property is taken care of by a group of professionals, whether you are alive or dead. The trust could also run the welfare of your beneficiaries if they are underage or have no capacity. 

2. Designation of Beneficiaries 

 Determining beneficiaries is an important part of estate planning law as it allows you to determine who will receive life insurance or severance pay. Otherwise, someone else can choose who will receive the money, which may not be the one you choose. 

3. Statement of Intent 

The Letter of Intent is an estate planning document that clearly defines the intent of end-of-life care. This is especially important if you can't speak for yourself. It allows your family and friends to make decisions about your care when you can't speak for yourself.  

4. Health Power of Attorney

 If you have a serious illness, you may not be able to make medical decisions. A health power of attorney allows you to choose someone who has the authority to make those decisions for you when you cannot. 

5. Lasting Power of Attorney

This document empowers someone else to manage your financial problems when you cannot. This includes everything from invoices and tax payments to investments and other activities. It is important to make sure that the power of attorney is lasting so that you can use it even if you become disabled. 

Property planning is essential for your family's happiness and reduction of conflict over your assets. Please arrange a promise with a lawyer to get started immediately on proper estate planning.