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Will your will cause a family feud? Plan ahead to avoid one

If you have more than one, you may be struggling with what you plan to leave to each. It can be difficult to get a true even split of your assets and personal items even when that is your goal. Also, for various reasons, that might not be what you are trying to do with your wealth.

Why everyone needs a will (and more)

You're a young millennial, still footloose and fancy-free. No spouse, no dependents. It's quite likely that estate planning is the furthest thing from your mind. You have years to worry about things like that once you actually acquire some worldly assets.

Young? Single? Child-free? You still need an estate plan

If you're young, single and child-free, you probably don't haven't had a lot of reasons to think about your estate plans just yet. However, there are aspects of an estate plan that shouldn't be neglected by anybody.

What happens if you die and you aren't married to your partner?

People in committed relationships sometimes don't feel the absolute need to get married -- and that's fine. Just make sure that you and your partner take the steps necessary to protect each other if either of you should die or become incapacitated.

How do you deal with the deceased's personal property?

Some estate plans go into careful detail about how every item in the estate is to be distributed -- but most do not. That can leave you, as the executor of the estate, with the job of figuring out who gets which of the deceased's personal possessions.

What talks do you need to have with the family about your estate?

A well-developed estate plan is the best way to preserve your assets, protect your future and shield your heirs from unnecessary taxes. Yet, it can be difficult for people to address some of the key conversations they need to have with their families as they go about their plans. Quite often, they aren't even sure where to start.

Blended families and inheritance in Ohio

Do you have a blended family? If this is your (or your spouse's) second marriage, your family unit may include your children from your first marriage, your spouse's children from a first marriage and the children you have together. More than likely, you love all of the kids equally -- even the ones that aren't biologically related to you. That's why it's so important to understand how Ohio's inheritance laws look at the situation.

Passing on a gun collection to an heir

For some people, guns are just utilitarian devices that they use for hunting or protection. For others, guns are collector's items, valuable pieces of family history or part of their cultural identity. If you have a prized gun collection -- or even just a few special pistols that have been in your family for a while -- it's only natural to want to pass those on to your heirs.

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