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How to divorce-proof assets you leave to your children

Many people develop estate plans that are designed to ensure that the family's assets remain in the family. Divorce can take a big chunk out of a family's wealth when a spouse gets a share of an adult child's money. That's why some parents choose to leave money to their children using trust funds.

Including your cryptocurrency in your estate plan

If you got in on the cryptocurrency phenomenon early, you may have a nice chunk of change saved up. Of course, because of the nature of these "cryptoassets" or digital assets, if you're the only one who knows how to access them, they'll essentially die with you.

What are your estate planning options for your timeshare?

If you own a timeshare, you may be considering leaving it to one or more of your children. Whether it's been the destination for family vacations over the years or it's something you and your spouse bought when you retired, you may want your kids to continue to enjoy it after you're gone. However, that particular inheritance may end up being more trouble and expense than you (or they) ever imagined.

You've been asked to be an executor. Should you accept?

A loved one is drafting their estate plan and has asked you to be the executor of their estate. You're likely flattered by the request and they're trusting you with a big responsibility. Many people automatically agree to do it, in part because they don't want to give any real thought to their loved one passing away. However, that day will come, sooner or later. You owe it to that person to give some serious thought to the request before giving your commitment -- or declining.

What powers of attorney should you have when your kids turn 18?

If you're the parent of a college student or other young adult, part of you likely still considers them your little girl or boy. However, under the law, once they're 18, there are certain rights you no longer automatically have because you're their parent.

What is the generation-skipping transfer tax?

As you develop your estate plan, you've decided to leave some property or other assets directly to your grandchildren. Perhaps you have a vacation home that your adult grandson particularly loves and takes his own family to regularly. Maybe you have an art collection that your granddaughter has expressed interest in and would appreciate more than anyone else in the family.

Survey: Too many pastors have no estate plan

Since pastors spend a fair amount of time considering the afterlife, one might expect that they are vigilant about their estate planning. "Pastors know they can't take it with them," as the head of the Southern Baptist Foundation points out. However, that doesn't mean that they're taking the necessary steps to care for their loved ones who are left behind.

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