Many of our Michigan readers may think that all of their estate planning needs will be met once they have a will, a trust and the appropriate power of attorney forms. While these instruments are vital to a good, comprehensive estate plan, there is another aspect that needs to be considered - long-term planning for care in advanced age or poor health.
The holidays have long been considered the season of giving. People give to charitable organizations that they believe need their funds. However, between 80 and 90 percent of people who give to charitable organizations during their lifetime, fail to leave a legacy to any charitable organization after they pass. However, with the right long term planning, Michigan residents will be able to secure the future of their families and the charities they have supported during their lifetime.
Many Michigan readers may believe that estate planning involves simply planning for how assets will be distributed after they die. While that is a good start, it does not include everything. A comprehensive estate plan encompasses quite a bit more, including planning for the later years of a person's life and trying to anticipate the issues that may occur. That is why most estate plans include powers of attorney - documents which designate an appointed person to make financial or medical care decisions, should the planner become incapacitated. This type of scenario does not happen to everyone, but almost everyone does get older and has medical issues that need to be addressed.