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“Estate Planning” DescribedEstate planning is the process of legally structuring the future disposition of current and projected assets. What is estate planning? Estate planning is many things. Th

Posted on: March 21st, 2014


By: Dahlia Robinson - Ocken, Esq.

Estate planning is many things. It is the process of legally structuring the future disposition of current and projected assets.  

This lead question, however, is taken directly from the a recent Forbes article titled “What Is Estate Planning?

The article concludes that “Estate planning is the process of legally structuring the future disposition of current and projected assets.” The operative words in this definition of sorts are “structure” and “process.”

“Structure” is an essential component of your estate plan. Why? Because, much like a building, estate planning requires putting many diverse things into place to accomplish a goal. A building can be an office, or a home, or a retreat, depending on the pieces you choose and where you choose to put them. Consequently, your estate plan can structure your assets to protect them from creditors, to duck beneath a tax ceiling, and to protect your loved ones for years to come. In essence, like a good building, your estate plan can perform many functions.

Likewise, “process” is equally essential. Unlike a static building, your estate plan is constantly building, sometimes evolving, and sometimes outright changing course completely. In this light, estate planning is abstractly simple. Accordingly, you must keep your estate plan current with the many changes in your life, the lives of our loved ones and the plans you have made.
Reference: Forbes (November 4, 2013) “What Is Estate Planning?
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Philadelphia area Estate Planning and Elder Law attorneys Dahlia Robinson-Ocken offers creative planning in the areas of estate planning, elder law planning, wills, revocable living trusts, long-term care asset protection planning, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, guardianships, irrevocable trusts, living wills, estate, probate and trust administration, probate avoidance, asset protection and planning for physicians, tax planning, lawsuit protection planning (including professional malpractice lawsuit protection planning), planning for minor children, faith-based planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans benefits planning and resources, charitable planning and gifting, special needs and disability planning, estate tax planning, business law and succession planning, and Medicaid applications and long-term care crisis planning. Dahlia serves the entire southeastern Pennsylvania and southern and central New Jersey region, including Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, King of Prussia, Springfield, and Conshohocken in Pennsylvania, as well as Camden County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, and Mercer County in New Jersey.

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