Given extensive changes coming with the new federal tax law (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017), it is a good idea for all taxpayers, especially those in higher income brackets, to sit down with an estate planning attorney to discuss whether their estate plans should be changed.
A common misconception is that estate planning is only about what happens to your property after your death. The financial or durable power of attorney is an aspect of estate planning that can help manage your affairs while you are still very much alive. Giving a trusted person your power of attorney creates the legal authority for that person to step in and manage your money and related affairs should you become incapacitated.
Perhaps the loss of a loved one years ago prompted you to make your own estate plan. Maybe you watched another family struggle and bicker after a parent died without leaving a will, and you vowed that would never happen to your family.