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  1. You need a will.You may ask why a will is important if there’s not much to pass on. A will is not just about transferring assets. It can be used to accomplish other tasks, such as who should manage your social media accounts once you’re gone, or inherit items you’ve accumulated, like collectibles or your car.
  2. Don’t burden others with burial expenses.Funerals can be expensive and if you don’t have the savings to meet those costs, that burden gets shifted to others.
  3. Consider a medical directive.This important document states your wishes for end-of-life care. In the case of an unfortunate accident, a medical directive provides instructions about the level of care you want, e.g., palliative care only.
  4. Create a durable power of attorney for health care.In the event that you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself, this gives the individual of your choice the legal power to act as a health-care proxy for you.

Not only do a medical directive and durable power of attorney for health care ensure you are provided the level of care consistent with your wishes, but it can prevent family discord in the event of differing opinions.

Though the multiple financial goals of many young adults often require more resources than present earnings can meet, these important planning steps can be accomplish at a small cost. Estate strategies are a serious component of a complete financial plan.

The information in this material is not intended as legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. You should always consult a legal or tax professional for specific information regarding your individual situation. If you are interested in looking into estate strategies or financial planning services, please feel free to contact us, Joseph F. Fragnoli, CPA, PC in Nashville at (615) 678-4751 and visit our affiliate site,

This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topics that may be of interest and was modified for the purpose of this site by Joseph Fragnoli.