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This New Year,
Resolve to Plan Your Estate
by Gerald M. Dorn, J.D., EPLS, AEP
Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd.
Legacy and Wealth Planning Attorneys
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Gerald Dorn
Gerald Dorn

The New Year brings with it a renewed outlook and fresh resolutions. We vow to get organized, eat healthier, and lose those last stubborn 10 pounds. But many of us overlook one simple and practical resolution that could have a profound effect on our lives, not to mention the lives of those we love. What’s that resolution? Create a basic estate plan.

It’s not hard to get started. First, find an experienced estate planning attorney. You can start by checking with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys or Call to make an appointment, and then relax. The attorney’s office will let you know what to expect, and what you need to bring with you to your consultation. The meeting is essentially a conversation about you, your family, and your goals. The attorney will ask many questions, listen carefully to your answers, and give you time to ask questions of your own. After your concerns are addressed, the attorney will suggest a plan to meet your needs.

The plan will be tailored to your specific situation, but it will likely include these basic documents:

Planning your estate is an easy and important resolution to check off your list. With the peace of mind and confidence you’ll gain from putting your estate plan in order, who knows what you’ll be able to accomplish next year? Maybe you’ll even banish those last 10 pounds for good!

The law firm of Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. is devoted exclusively to estate planning and estate and trust administration. The attorneys at Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. offer guidance and advice to clients in every area of estate planning and estate and trust administration. For more information or to attend an upcoming seminar, please contact us at (775) 823-WILL (9455), or visit us online at