Attorney-CPA Joe Cordell and co-host Jill Enders are joined by TuckerAllen attorney Missy Shands Manning to discuss many of the missteps that people make when estate planning. This not only includes mishandled estate planning documents, but also includes failing to create estate planning documents altogether.
Missy describes the biggest problem with only creating a will, as opposed to a comprehensive estate plan that also features a trust and Powers of Attorney for both financial and health care matters. She walks through the process of conservatorship appointment in the cases, where you do not have a Power of Attorney in place and highlights the differences between conservatorship and guardianship. The panel also breaks down many of the reasons why people do not have their estate planning documents already created.
Missy explains the functions of a pour-over will and how it is utilized for those that forget to include assets in their living trust. She also describes the risks in creating online wills through forms and talks about the importance of finding an attorney that focuses on estate planning and elder law.