Leaving a Legacy

There are a few things to always keep in mind when you are looking to the future, and one is what is the legacy you leave behind? It is a good idea to update your beneficiaries any time you have a major life event change or once a year to stay on top of your accounts. Make sure your beneficiaries are updated with your bank accounts and your financial investment accounts. Updating beneficiaries is important for several reasons:


  1. Ensuring your assets go to the right people: By updating your beneficiaries, you can ensure that your assets, such as life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and investment accounts, are distributed according to your wishes. This helps avoid any confusion or potential conflicts among your loved ones after your passing.


  1. Flexibility and adaptability: Life circumstances change over time, such as marriages, divorces, births, and deaths. Updating beneficiaries allows you to reflect these changes and ensure that your assets go to the appropriate individuals or organizations.


  1. Minimizing legal disputes: By keeping your beneficiary designations up to date, you can minimize the possibility of legal disputes among family members or others who may have conflicting claims to your assets. This can help reduce stress and potential financial burdens on your loved ones. When dealing with estates, it will designate where the money goes, so there is no discrepancy between beneficiaries.


  1. Avoiding probate: Designating beneficiaries on certain accounts, such as retirement accounts or payable-on-death bank accounts, can help your assets bypass the probate process. This allows your beneficiaries to receive the assets more quickly, avoiding delays and potential costs associated with probate.


  1. Privacy and control: Unlike assets passed through a will, beneficiary designations are generally private and not subject to public record. Updating beneficiaries allows you to maintain control over who receives your assets without making your wishes public.


Remember to regularly review and update your beneficiary designations to ensure they align with your current wishes and circumstances, Have the beneficiaries on file match your desired outline of your will.