As A Final Act of Love, Plan Thoughtfully

"Everybody wants to go to heaven," according to a classic blues song, "but nobody wants to die." Nor does anyone like to think about dying. And that must be why some people don't put much thought into estate planning, much the less in drawing a schematic for distributing one's earthly possessions to those you love the most.

But this is important. It's something you want to do diligently. It's something you want to get right.

Your heirs and the executor of your estate — the person you choose to oversee that your wishes are carried out — will remember you kindly for your clarity of purpose; it's good for all involved. Otherwise, you risk setting off a family feud. Resolving not to leave your property open to legal dispute, here are three key rules for further planning your estate:

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This article was written by a professional financial journalist for Cardinal Capital Management, LLC and is not intended as legal or investment advice.

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