#8 of 25 Common Estate Planning Mistakes – Alternates

Failing to Name More Than One Successor Trustee / Personal Representative
Estate planning is about “what if?” Your plan should include designated backups / alternatives for all of the key players, including successor trustee / personal representative. Estate plans fail because people make presumptions about the order of death and availability of people to take on certain roles. By providing alternates, you give your plan additional strength and flexibility to continue to function if the unexpected happens. Image the picture above with roles switched, whose in the bed?

#5 of 25 Common Estate Planning Mistakes – Not Funding

Not Funding Your Living Trust
Living trusts must be funded to avoid probate and the
need for guardianship. “Funding” a living trust means
completing the process of retitling your assets from
your individual name to the name of your trust. Funding
includes both assets with titles (like real estate) and those
without titles (like household furniture). When the funding
process is not completed, one of the primary benefits
of a living trust, avoiding probate, will be lost since the
unfunded assets are subject to probate.