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Key updates you may need to make to your estate plan

If you have established an estate plan, it’s important to keep it updated to ensure it accurately reflects your current wishes and circumstances. In fact, it may be a good idea to reconsider important sections on a regular basis.

Revise your will after major life events

You should update your will whenever significant life events occur. Changes such as marriages, divorces, births, or deaths in the family often require adjustments in your will. You might need to change beneficiaries, executors, or how you distribute your assets.

Reevaluate your power of attorney

Make sure to reevaluate your power of attorney (POA) to confirm that your chosen representative still suits your needs. If your life changes or your relationship with this person evolves, you might need to update your POA to ensure they can still manage your affairs effectively if you become unable to do so.

Update healthcare directives to reflect current health conditions

Keep your healthcare directives up to date with any changes in your health status or medical preferences. Update your living will to reflect your current desires for medical care and end-of-life decisions to ensure doctors and family members understand and will follow your wishes.

Verify and adjust beneficiary designations

Regularly check and update the beneficiary designations on your insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other financial assets. Make sure these designations align with the intentions you have expressed in your will to prevent conflicts or confusion.

Adapt to changes in estate law

Stay informed about changes in Arkansas estate laws that might affect your estate plan. Regular consultations with an estate planning attorney can help you adapt to legal changes, ensuring your plan remains compliant and optimized for the current legal landscape.

Stay proactive with your estate plan

Staying on top of changes in your life and the legal environment is important for maintaining an effective estate plan. Regular reviews and updates will help ensure that your estate plan continues to reflect your wishes and provides for your loved ones as intended.