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Estate Planning for Singles and Child-Free Individuals

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

East Hill Office Building (EHOB), 140
395 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Discussions regarding Wills often focus on married couples with children; however, estate planning for individuals who are single, child-free, or in non-traditional relationships (whether married or unmarried) is equally important.  Even if you do not have any immediate family members to inherit your estate, there is still plenty you can do in terms of estate planning. Not having a well-coordinated plan can create unintended consequences.

We should all be thinking about how to manage our assets and learn how to prepare so that our wishes are fulfilled at the end of our lives and after we die.

Emilee Lawson Hatch, a local attorney, will lead a discussion about how to:

  • Find, choose, and communicate with the person(s) who will help you as you age.
  • Make your wishes known in the event you develop dementia.
  • Decide who will manage your estate after your death and how to plan for your final wishes.
  • Choose a beneficiary for each of your life insurance and retirement accounts. 
  • Determine whether to leave the funds to charity, beloved pets, or to distant relatives.
  • Maintain privacy for your estate after your death.


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