Estate Planning


  • The measures undertaken to determine how assets are to be distributed after an individual dies. In many cases, estate planning involves arranging a tax-efficient method of transferring wealth, often through the use of a life insurance policy, trust, the transfer of property though joint tenancy rights of survivorship, or another method. At the bare minimum, experts suggest that one should set up a last will and testament in order to avoid probate or to make the probate process less difficult. Also known as "estate management."

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Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Annuity Definition,
    • A regular periodic payment made by an insurance company to a policyholder for a specified period of time.
    • A financial instrument that disperses a number of payments over a set period of time.
  • Assignee Definition,
    • A person appointed to acquire (take) an item, such as a property.
    • In the insurance industry, an assignee is someone who is assigned ownership of another person's insurance policy.
  • Assignor Definition,
    • Beneficiary Definition,
      • An individual or entity chosen to receive benefits from a will, trust, deed or insurance policy.
    • Contingent Beneficiary Definition,
      • A beneficiary who only receives his or her benefit when specific conditions have been met.
    • Estate Definition,
      • The ownership interest of an individual in real property.
      • The total sum of all the real property and personal property owned by an individual at time of death.
    • Executor Definition,
      • The person who manages the estate of a deceased individual.
    • Fiduciary Definition,
      • An individual, company, or association that manages assets for another party. Fiduciaries include executors of wills and estates, trustees, receivers in bankruptcy, and those responsible for managing the finances of a minor.
    • Fiduciary Duty Definition,
      • A requirement that someone in a position of trust, such as a banker, real-estate agent, or title agent, must act in good faith and trust on behalf of a client.
    • Informal Trust Definition,
      • Also known as in-trust account or "bare" trust, this is an investment account registered in an adult's name in trust for a child. The account is used to save/invest funds for a child, and the funds must be reserved for and used by the beneficiary child.
    • Life Insurance Definition, Very Important,
      • An arrangement where an insurer agrees to pay a benefit to one or more beneficiaries in the event of the policyholder's death.
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    • Life Insurance Trust (LIT) Acronym,
      • A legal entity that is made the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, often arranged to evade taxation.
    • Power of Attorney (POA, PA) Acronym,
      • A document in which the signer authorizes someone to conduct business in his or her name -- signing title documents and cheques, for example.
    • Private Annuity Definition,
      • An arrangement where one party agrees to transfer ownership of an asset to another party (usually a beneficiary) in exchange for lifetime payments.
    • Probate Definition,
      • The process of deciding the validity of a deceased person's will and appointing an executor.
    • Probate Sale Definition,
      • Sale of property after the death of the owner, supervised by a court, with proceeds divided among creditors and heirs.
    • Second-To-Die Insurance Definition,
      • Life insurance that only pays a death benefit when both spouses have died, commonly used in estate planning.
    • Sprinkling Provision Definition,
      • A provision that gives a trustee the authority to distribute life insurance death benefits as he or she sees fit, and to those who need the money the most.
    • Survivorship Definition,
      • The right of a person to secure ownership by reason of his/her outliving someone with whom s/he shared undivided interest in the land.
    • Trustee Definition,
      • A person who holds and manages assets for the benefit of beneficiaries.
    • Will Definition,
      • A document that states what must be done with a person's estate after his or her death.
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