It is important to review your estate plan at regular intervals. While every family situation is different, it is generally advisable to review your estate plan at least every three to five years or sooner if any of the following events are applicable to your situation:
The birth or adoption of a new child or grandchild.
When a child or grandchild becomes an adult.
When a child or grandchild gets married.
You started a new business.
Changes in federal tax law or state tax law.
Receipt of a large inheritance or gift.
Illness or disability of you or another family member.
Substantial changes in your net worth (either up or down).
The guardian you named to care for minor children is no longer available.
The guardian you named to care for minor children is no longer the best choice.
The executor or trustee you named is no longer available.
The executor or trustee you named is no longer the best choice.
Reviewing your estate plan regularly (and when major life events occur) will ensure that your estate will be passed on in accordance with your wishes.
Attorney Adler focuses his practice on estate planning, wills, trusts and estates. He can be reached at 212-843-4059 or 646-946-8327.