When many New Jersey residents consider estate planning, it is a topic that they believe is geared toward those who are nearing their retirement years. Younger people often fail to recognize the need to create a solid plan that can be used in the event of their passing. This, however, is an error in judgment, one that could cost a family a great deal of time, money and stress in the event that an untimely death should occur. Estate planning is not only relevant for individuals in their 30s and 40s, it is imperative.
The foundation of a good estate plan is a carefully drafted last will and testament. This is the document in which parents can designate the individuals they wish to raise their children in the event that both parents die. It is also the guideline for the distribution of an individual's property and assets. Having a will in place can make a world of difference to those left behind, and it can simplify what is a difficult and emotional process.