« Back to Blog

10/21/2019

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

By Rachel Chesser, Director of Planned Giving

duck swimming with ducklings

 

It is estimated that more than 120 million Americans do not have proper estate plans to protect themselves or their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death. This costs many families wasted dollars and hours of hardship each year that could be minimized with proper planning. Many people also mistakenly underestimate their wealth and think they do not need to do any estate and financial planning.

Public television stations across the country, including South Carolina ETV in partnership with the ETV Endowment, determined to observe National Estate Planning Awareness Week in the third week of October in order to better educate those in our communities who need to create a plan. This week, we will be sharing educational resources to help you prepare for an estate plan. The actions you take now can lead to tremendous peace of mind and greater preparedness for your loved ones.

Perhaps you are thinking you might not need an estate plan because you:

  • Are too young
  • Are too old
  • Are not wealthy enough or have too few assets
  • Have no heirs
  • Already have an estate plan that you made years ago
  • Would like to avoid conflict with family members

Unfortunately, none of those situations count you out of estate planning. If you have dependents or other loved ones you would like to benefit, or if you hold assets, it is crucial to create at least a simple estate plan to protect them and make the most of the assets you leave behind.

Getting started on an estate plan doesn't have to be difficult and confusing! We have just the handy resource you need to start getting organized.

FREE Estate Planning Guide

Please contact us to request your free copy of the Personal Estate Planning Guide. This handy little booklet will help organize the essentials:

  • Personal information
  • Family contacts
  • Healthcare information
  • Medical providers
  • Types of assets you own
  • Your advisors

The guide will assist you with knowing what information is important to document and is a resource you can file or share with family and/or a legal or financial advisor.

request a free booklet

Other ways to request your free estate planning guide:

We will get the guide out to you in just a few business days. Good luck with your planning and please let us know if we can be of assistance!