What should you pay attention to when choosing beneficiaries?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | Estate Planning

Writing your will may seem like a daunting and stressful task, especially when you need to think about potential beneficiaries.

Thankfully, there are some important steps you can take to help prevent potential errors during this time. Knowing more about beneficiaries can help you make this decision when you talk to your family and friends.

Think about the format

According to Kiplinger, you may opt to create a trust for beneficiaries younger than yourself so that they can use the assets you give them wisely. A trust will prevent a beneficiary from getting every asset immediately after your death and can instead let them receive certain amounts at different times in their lives. This can be helpful in situations where you want a trustee to oversee the account.

Avoid misspellings and errors

While you may think that your assets and other important heirlooms will always directly go to your loved ones after death, failing to write their names can leave them in a legal struggle.

Issues can also occur when you do not spell a beneficiary’s name correctly or mistakenly write someone else’s legal name on the document. This error may happen when someone gets married and changes their last name or has a very similar name to a parent.

Officially update documents over time

When time passes after your initial creation of a will, you may have new people you want to add as beneficiaries. Instead of leaving them in danger of not getting anything if you die suddenly, officially add their names to the estate plan. Merely informing someone verbally of your wish will not impact your will.

Understanding the circumstances surrounding beneficiaries can help you if you want to plan for the control of your assets.