Everyone has enough stress in their daily lives. Small legal issues do not have to add to that stress. In fact, the following five legal matters can be taken care of very easily and will reduce the stress level in your life.
1. Make A Will.
No one likes to think about creating a will because it makes us face our own mortality. However, having a will ensures that your loved ones are properly cared for in the event of your death. A simple will determines how your belongings and assets are distributed. If you have a large estate or several children to provide care for, you may need to create a more complex will. Handwritten wills that are notarized are valid in court, although it is advisable to have a will created by an attorney to ensure that all legal requirements are met.
2. Establish Your Health Care Wishes.
You need to appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf. This is a very important document to have in the event of an accident or emergency. Having a health care advocate ensures that your wishes about your life are upheld.
You should take the time to review any life insurance plans and retirement plans in your name and make sure a beneficiary is designated. It is very important that beneficiary information is kept updated and reflects your desires.
It is always important to be properly insured. This includes people who not only own a home but also those who rent their home. Having the proper property insurance will protect you in the event that someone is injured on your property or while visiting your apartment. You can be sued and lose everything without the right insurance policy.
5. Do Not Mix Business and Personal Accounts.
If you own a small business or a home based business you should never mix the bank accounts. If you or the business is sued, the other “entity” can be liable. By keeping business and personal accounts separate you have a protection if one is held liable in a law suit.
- Can I name someone other than a relative as the beneficiary of my life insurance policy? (insurance.com)
- Life Insurance Beneficiary – All You Should Be Interested (boldstate.com)