One of the objectives at the core of proper estate planning is to prevent successful challenges to the wishes of the deceased individual in question. Your attorney can take the appropriate steps to provide you with an ironclad estate plan, but you do have to be willing to tell the entirety of your story.
When people fail to share relevant details difficult situations can present themselves later on. For example, gifts that you give throughout your life are taxable. So if you were to have given large gifts equaling a significant sum of money over the years you have to make your attorney aware of this.
This includes gifts that you have wanted to keep confidential. While you may not want everyone to know that you have given these gifts the tax implications are very real all the same.
Along these lines long-term extramarital relationships are something to take into consideration. If your attorney is not aware of the fact that someone may step forward after you pass away claiming the right to an inheritance quite a surprising situation could arise after your passing.
There are also cases when people have children that their families are not aware of, and this too is something to share with your lawyer.
Proper estate planning requires honest communication between attorney and client. If you would in fact like to discuss your unique situation with an expert, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to set up an informative consultation with a seasoned and savvy South Carolina estate planning lawyer.
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