Smart Moves in Estate Planning

by: Attorney Noyes

4/22/20242 min read

Estate planning is a crucial step in managing your assets and ensuring your loved ones are taken care of after your departure. However, the process can be fraught with potential missteps if not approached carefully. At Noyes & Associates, we help you sidestep common pitfalls to ensure a smooth and effective estate plan. Here are essential tips to avoid typical estate planning mistakes.

1. Not Having a Plan

One of the most significant mistakes is not having an estate plan at all. Many assume that estate planning is only for the wealthy. Still, everyone can benefit from specifying how their assets should be managed and distributed.

2. Forgetting to Update Documents

Life changes such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or the death of a beneficiary should prompt a review and update of your estate planning documents. Outdated information can lead to unintended consequences and disputes among heirs.

3. Overlooking Potential Taxes

While not everyone's estate will be subject to estate taxes, it's important to understand the potential tax implications of your estate. Proper planning can minimize the tax burden on your beneficiaries.

4. DIY Estate Planning

Do-it-yourself estate planning can lead to problems. Legal documents found online may not meet specific state requirements or adequately address your unique needs. Consulting with a professional ensures that your estate plan is valid and effective.

5. Not Planning for Disability

An effective estate plan also considers potential disability. Establishing powers of attorney for both healthcare and finances ensures that if you become unable to manage your affairs, someone you trust can make decisions on your behalf.

6. Assuming Only a Will is Needed

While a will is a vital component of an estate plan, it is often not enough on its own. Consider establishing trusts, which can provide more control over how your assets are distributed and potentially avoid the probate process.

7. Neglecting to Name a Guardian for Minor Children

If you have minor children, your estate plan should include provisions for their guardianship should something happen to you. Without your guidance, a court will decide who raises your children.


Avoiding these common mistakes can protect your assets and ensure your wishes are honored. At Noyes & Associates, we specialize in creating tailored estate plans that reflect your specific desires and needs. Whether you're starting from scratch or need to update an existing plan, we are here to provide expert guidance.

If you're ready to begin estate planning or have questions about your current plan, contact Noyes & Associates today. Our goal is to give you peace of mind, knowing that your estate will be handled exactly as you wish.