Most of us today are "worth more dead than alive." That is because a large part of our estate consists of life insurance policies and retirement plans. Importantly, those assets, such as life insurance policies, 401K plans, IRAs and annuities, generally are not subject to your will, but instead pass to whomever you have designated as your beneficiary. People typically have designated their spouse as sole beneficiary for all such assets. Accordingly, it is imperative to immediately review all beneficiary designations and to make appropriate changes. Please note that under Federal law, your legal spouse must be named as sole beneficiary of all your company pension, profit sharing and 401K plans unless he or she agrees otherwise in writing on a form provided by your employer. Check with a qualified estate planning attorney to make sure you follow all applicable rules in naming beneficiaries of these assets.
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REMEMBER THE CHILDREN -- A young couple with children should always remember that both of them could die at the same time in an accident. Most lawyers recommend the election of primary, secondary and tertiary beneficiaries.
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