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Estate planning when there are estrangement issues/no heirs

Many people in San Antonio believe that they must have good relationships with their loved ones or have children to benefit from estate planning. Instead of taking the time to write their wills and provide instructions as to how to handle their finances, health care and other important issues if they become incapacitated, they neglect them. You do not need to have a great relationship with your family members or have any children to enjoy the peace of mind and benefits that estate plans bring.

Here is a brief overview of how you can tackle estate planning when you and your loved ones are not on good terms and if you do not have any heirs.

Establish POA

You may not have anyone in mind to choose as your health care power of attorney, but it is necessary for you to thoroughly consider your options so you have someone you can trust to step in if you become so ill or injured that you cannot make medical decisions for yourself. You should also establish a financial POA, too. It is best for you to put aside your personal differences with your relatives so you can choose a person or people who will put your needs above their own to make the best medical and financial decisions for you. If you cannot think of someone you want to act on your behalf, you should consider choosing a financial institution or organization that you trust.

Create a will

If you do not create a will and name people you want your estate to pass to, your assets will pass through probate court. The law will determine who gets your assets. If you do not want distant relatives or family members you are not on good terms with to get your estate, you should include your beneficiaries by name in your will. If you do not want to leave any of your estate to family or friends, you should consider leaving it to charity or some other professional entity that you want to benefit.

Estate planning when you are estranged from your loved ones or do not have any children can be a challenge. You may benefit from speaking with an attorney about your situation for guidance.

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