Estate Planning in Birmingham, AL
As an estate planning CPA firm, we know all too well that death and taxes are two of the few constants in this world. Knowing this, though, means plans can be made in advance for those after you. Sovereign CPA can help individuals and business owners make a plan for life after them.
Interested in estate planning in Birmingham? Call (205) 402-4245 today to schedule a consultation.
What Is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is the important process of arranging for the management and distribution of your assets upon your death or in the event you become incapacitated. It involves making decisions about who will inherit your assets, who will manage your affairs if you are unable to do so, and how you want your assets distributed.
Why Is Estate Planning Important?
Estate planning is critical for several reasons. It ensures your assets will be distributed according to your wishes rather than according to state laws. It also allows you to minimize estate taxes and administrative costs, which can save your beneficiaries both time and money. Lastly, estate planning can help you appoint someone to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated and are unable to do so.
When Should I Start Estate Planning?
It is never too early to start your estate planning. Ideally, you should begin the planning process as soon as you have assets you wish to protect and loved ones you want to provide for.
Life can be very unpredictable, and having a comprehensive estate plan in place can provide much-needed peace of mind, knowing your affairs are in order and your wishes will be followed. Keep in mind that it is also important to review and update your estate plan regularly to account for any changes in your family situation, financial circumstances, or any applicable estate planning laws.
The best time to create a plan is any time; when you’re ready to start your estate planning in Birmingham, our CPAs will be ready to help.
What Our Services Entail
Estate planning begins by simply listing every asset you are in possession of, like real estate, vehicles, jewelry, stocks, and more. After all assets are accounted for, we then consider who should receive each asset. Finally, we determine who you trust to carry out your plan and to care for you medically and financially if needed.
The keys to a complete estate plan include:
Overlooking any of the above factors can lead to precarious situations late in life, which may put a burden on you and those caring for you. Our services ensure that all of these factors are accounted for. That way, you can be sure that there are clear directions for your estate and end-of-life care.
Once a plan is set, we can help you revisit your plan periodically. We help make updates or changes or can simply answer questions you may have after the plan is complete. We understand that planning your estate can be stressful, so we support our clients through the process to make planning easier.
Who We Can Help
Our team can help anyone without an estate plan. Life is full of unknowns, so we often stress that it is better to have a plan than to not have one. Too often, people are unprepared for this time in life, which can be a burden on those they leave behind. A clear, comprehensive estate plan can alleviate some of these stressors and maximize the impact of your assets on beneficiaries. All age groups, employment types, and levels of estate are welcome to use our services and cultivate peace of mind for late-life affairs.
Choose Sovereign CPA for Estate Planning in Birmingham, AL.
For decades, our team has helped clients with an emphasis on our ethics, values, and focus on expertise. We believe that estate planning, like our other services, needs a foundation of trust, integrity, and accountability to be successful. With every client, we place great importance on those values to create long-lasting, successful relationships.
When you work with our estate planning experts, you can be assured that you’ll receive the best financial services we can provide. Call (205) 402-4245 today to learn more about estate planning in Birmingham, AL.