Planning for the future can be an intimidating process, and many Texas adults avoid moving forward with this step because they are unsure of where to begin. Others delay the estate planning process because certain misconceptions have impacted their perception of the need for and benefit of taking this step. Myths and misconceptions can prevent someone from having the full amount of protection he or she needs in the future.
Common misconceptions about estate planning
Estate planning is an important step for adults of all ages, regardless of the size of the estate and other factors. However, despite the many obvious benefits of this step, the following misconceptions and misunderstandings may prevent people from moving forward with this process:
- Estate planning is only necessary for the wealthy or famous.
- If there is a will, the probate process is not necessary.
- There is no need to update beneficiary designations on accounts.
- Having a will or trust are the only two estate planning steps that are necessary.
These reasons and others may keep someone from creating documents that can provide protection and security both now and well into the future.
Creating a strong and thoughtful plan
It is not always easy to create a meaningful estate plan. This is one reason why some adults put off taking this step. It is beneficial and important to speak with an experienced Texas estate law attorney about the need for an estate plan and the steps to take to create one that will be sustainable for years to come.