The Importance of a Plan

You might think you're fine without one or that the inevitable won't happen to you—at least, for now. But everyone needs a plan, whether you're married or single, with many assets or very few. Otherwise, what happens to your children, your hard-earned assets and even your pets could be left to state laws. Find out what you can do to prepare for whatever lies ahead.

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Take care of the most important things in life with a last will

Make sure your children are protected and what's important to you is handled the way you want.

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Pass on a lifetime's worth of assets with a living trust

Pass on the maximum amount of your earnings with minimum hassle—in private.

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Take the guesswork out of your health care with a living will

At your bedside, spare your loved ones from having to guess at what you'd want them to do.

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Keep your finances in your control with a power of attorney

Without one, you leave the courts to appoint someone to make decisions for you.

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A last will lets you:
  • Designate how you want your assets divided and to whom they should go
  • Specify a guardian(s) for your children
  • Safeguard the financial interests of children
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"It was very easy to use and inexpensive for someone who's only concern was getting, legally in writing, my wishes for who is to take care of my 4-year-old son if something happened to me before he was an adult. It felt odd to be creating a will at 32, but the peace of mind I have gained knowing that I am protecting my child is priceless."

Darla S., Arlington, TX
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A living trust helps you:
  • Avoid the probate process
  • Save your beneficiaries court costs and attorneys fees
  • Control what happens to your business
  • Pass on your intellectual property (trademark, patent, copyright)
  • Keep your business and personal affairs private
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"I am a single (divorced) retiree with no children with above-modest assets. After going through a recent and very bitter legal process with my father after my stepmother died, it was imperative that I take care of this very important part of my life planning. I wanted the assurance and comfort that I could determine who would receive those assets. LegalZoom made it fast and, most importantly, easy to understand."

Arthua H., Eustis, FL
  • Your property is distributed based on state law NOT to the people you choose
  • State law and the courts determine who is in charge of managing and distributing your property
  • State law and the courts decide who will be responsible for taking care of your young children if you pass away
"So glad I chose LegalZoom. When my surviving parent suddenly died without a will, most of the inheritance went to legal fees and the surviving children got next to nothing. At least I am prepared to channel my assets to whom I choose."

Michael K., Nahant, MA
A living will helps you:
  • Be in control of decisions regarding your health
  • Choose who you want to make decisions for you
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"My parents are 70 years old and needed not only a will but also a living will and a power of attorney. LegalZoom was a lifesaver! I had them on the phone and we had everything completed in less than hour. They received them in a about a week. My husband and I are next in line to get ours. Thank you, LegalZoom."

Nancy K., Gun Barrel City, TX
A power of attorney lets you:
  • Decide who will be in charge of your finances—rather than the courts
  • Make it instantly active or only under certain circumstances
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"We were updating an older power of attorney and the new LegalZoom form had so much more information in it than we ever knew we should be considering. I feel very comfortable that this power of attorney will provide us the protection we need for our estate planning and the price was very affordable."

Debra D., Norfolk, VA