Forces That Affect Your Estate Plan

From probate and ownership division to the taxing arm of Uncle Sam, here are four things that can influence what happens to your belongings.

Estate Planning Worksheet
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Everything you own is considered part of your estate when you die. To grasp the importance of planning for the distribution of your worldly goods, consider all the things that influence what happens to them.

1. The role of probate

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