Tomorrow May Be Too Late

Some things you can safely postpone … organising family data and documents isn’t one of them.

Welcome to JC Estate Mentors

If you have ever been involved in handling an estate, either as a beneficiary or an executor (or both), you will be familiar with the question: Where on earth do I start?

Most people do one of three things:

  1. go to the family lawyer,  or
  2. buy a DIY ‘how to be an executor kit’, or
  3. go to the Public Trustee.

However, without the right information and supporting documents easily available, the clock starts ticking … and costs can balloon out of control.

Our job is to help you prepare for ‘the unexpected’ and to have everything instantly available no matter when you need them, no matter where you are.

Terms like Grant of Probate, Responsibilities of a Trustee, Letters of Administration and Authorised Executors are foreign to most who encounter them for the first time.

And few, if any, realise that between the passing of a loved one and the distribution and settling of an estate, there are frequently more than 50 (yes, fifty) separate steps.

Clearly some guidance is needed, and that’s where our mentoring service comes in. As your estate mentors, it’s our job to use modern tools to help you through the essential steps even before seeking probate.

Our approach saves you significant time, effort and money.

And it all starts with a simple, no-obligation chat using plain, clear language. That’s what we do.

What is Estate Planning?

For most, the words ‘estate planning’ conjure up an end-of-life scenario; this flies in the face of the fact that estates are what we all build from an early age, and what we live off throughout life’s journey; no matter our age, if we have one dollar in a bank account, we have an estate. That said, there are certain aspects of estates that are always worth noting, in simple English:

  • The critical thing about estate planning is to acknowledge that, because we never know what’s around the corner, it’s essential to always have the right information and the right documents in the right place at the right time whenever that might be.
  • As well as on dying, such information is also required when other events occur, such as: divorce, dementia, downsizing, fire, flood and, of course, farewell – each such event (and many similar) requires us to be prepared for the eventualities we call ‘the vulnerabilities’.
  • End-of-life estate planning is preparing for the transfer of our wealth after our passing; assets, life insurance, pensions, real estate, cars, personal belongings, and debts are all part of our estate and, no matter how complex, they must be available for the executor of our estate to find easily because, if not, the expense to discover them can be ruinously high.

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