If you are one of the estimated 60% of Americans that lack the proper estate planning, you should schedule a meeting with your lawyer in the new year. All competent adults over the age of eighteen should at least have power of attorney documents, and give serious consideration to having a will or trust. If you already have documents, get them reviewed. Marriage, divorce, death in the family, and children who are no longer minors are all triggers for re-drafting. If your documents are older than five years, you most likely will need changes in some form. Not making the proper changes could result in the loss of money and assets to your estate. Also, in my opinion, anybody about to move out of their home and into an assisted living facility, community based residential facility, or a nursing home, should see an attorney immediately for Title XIX planning. At the Pruitt Law Offices S.C. we can make estate planning a simple process for you. For a free consultation, call us at 262-633-8301, contact us through our website at pruittlawoffices.com, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.