Brad Pistole

Brad Pistole

Brad graduated with a BS in Education from Arkansas Tech in 1993. He holds his Life and Health and P&C Licenses in Missouri and Arkansas. He is a member of the National Ethics Association and the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. Brad has been recognized with Ed Slott and Company as a Master Elite IRA Advisor from 2010-present.

Trinity Insurance & Financial Services

551 N. Farmer Branch Rd.

Suite 101

Ozark, Missouri 65721 (417) 581-9222
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Get Started with Basic Estate Planning

By Bill Broich|


Once you undertake the process decisions, need to be made and once that is decided to obtain the plan and materials necessary becomes a simple process. Here are a few things to be aware of and a list of items to consider.

These simple steps will provide a roadmap for your future estate planning issues.

Make and execute a will: A will is merely directions left by you for how, when, and where you want your assets transferred after your death. Your will call also include special instructions regarding your “personal” goals. It can also leave guidance for minor children and the naming of a guardian.

Revocable living trusts: It may make sense to consider the use of a trust if you own real estate or other assets that would need a new title or deed. Trusts can help avoid the need for probate and often can reduce costs.

Health care directives: These directives will allow your heirs and caretakers to fully understand your wishes in regards to assets and end-of-life care. The term “living will” is often used as a health care directive as can “power of attorney.” A general “power of attorney” is often to allow a trusted person to conduct and maintain your financial estate.

Assets that avoid probate: Anything that a beneficiary can be named to can avoid probate. These can include bank accounts, stock brokerage accounts, life insurance, annuities, and retirement accounts such as an IRA.

Calculate estate taxes and probate costs. Many estates will be liable for estates taxes (death taxes), and this may result in needing to liquidate assets to comply with the liability. Make sure you fully understand these potential liabilities. Often life insurance is used to provide liquidity to solve the problem.

Funeral costs: Many people pre-pay estate taxes and leave behind specific instructions for a final service. These instructions are often, and a nice place to keep them is with your will. It is a good idea to inform a child or a close friend of their existence.

Safe storage: Your health directives and your power of attorney should be kept safe and trusted friends or children should know their location. Other items to keep safe could be deeds, brokerage account information, IRA information, funeral plans, general financial information, and tax returns.

Like all important life decisions, always make certain you fully understand how things work and what effect estate planning decisions can make on your assets and your goals. Always seek authorized and licensed professional advice.

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