Where there is a will, there is a way. That way is a path and a plan for your family to follow, if and when you are not around to tell them. That plan should include your intent for your estate.

At the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, we’ve seen an increase in people working on their estate planning. This is a positive development, as a 2020 Gallup poll showed that less than half of Americans have a will or living trust. An estate plan not only addresses what will happen with your monetary assets after you’re gone, but also allows you to memorialize other important decisions for a variety of “what if” scenarios: healthcare directives and end-of-life care or guardianship for young children.

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