Everyone has a different reason for beginning, updating, or implementing an estate plan. Usually one very specific reason. For some, it’s the birth of a child and the need to secure their future. For another it might be a divorce and the need to separate in life and in death. For a third, it’s the death or illness of a loved one that makes a client realize that planning can make a death either easier, or much harder for their family members.
For others it’s a chance encounter or event. I have some friends who were first time homebuyers, excited about a great home, and in a hurry to move in with their young family. Sadly, the elderly owner of the home passed away two weeks before the closing. This could have completely derailed this family’s plans, but the home was held in a trust. The home did not need to go through probate since it was legally owned by the trustees. Because of this, the closing could continue, and the heirs and the family were able to finish the transaction quickly and efficiently. You can be sure that the young family was much more enthusiastic about good estate planning once they had seen it in action.