Titling Assets Options to take into account

Options when Titling Accounts

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Once you have your Estate Plan in order, next we move to titling your accounts. 

The importance of titling accounts correctly.

It is crucial that an individual understand the titling options on his/her individual accounts (such as bank accounts or retirement accounts). You may have the best Estate Plan in the world, however, if you do not title your assets correctly, your good intentions will fail.  This is true especially if you  plan to avoid probate.  We provide a general guideline for you below.  As you read the points, keep the following in mind.  Assets titled in your “individual name,” with no designated beneficiary, transfer through probate.  

Titling Options:

  1. Your Individual Name (With no designated beneficiary): These assets travel through probate and pass per your Last Will.  However, if you did not draft a Will, passage occurs per Florida’s intestate succession laws.
  2. Name of your Estate: Same as #1.
  3. Payable on Death – POD (bank accounts, CD’s, etc): Named beneficiaries receive assets directly.
  4. Transfer on Death – TOD (investment accounts, etc.): Same as #3.
  5. Beneficiary Designations (retirement plans, life insurance, etc.): These pass directly to your named beneficiaries.  If you fail to name a beneficiary, they pass through probate.  Even use of a testamentary trust involves probate.  

Please talk to your Financial Planner and an Estate Planning attorney for more information.  Meanwhile, learn more about probate.  

An Estate Planning, Probate and Business attorney based out of Tampa, Florida, Lori is mom to a fantastic 5-year-old little boy. They love to go on adventures, travel and otherwise enjoy the gorgeous Tampa Bay Community. Lori enjoys reading classic novels, organic gardening, and studying languages. She considers herself well-versed in Seinfeld trivia! Click my name to find me on Facebook.

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