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Create a lasting legacy through estate planning

You've worked hard to accumulate your assets. Now make sure they'll go to the people or organizations that mean the most to you.

We're here to help. Talk with your Vanguard team.

Call 800-860-8392

Points to know

  • Estate planning boils down to deciding how you'll provide for the future you want to leave your heirs.
  • Estate planning involves inventorying your assets, developing a strategy, and assigning roles to carry out your plan.

Enjoy the peace of mind planning can bring

Estate planning can seem like a daunting task, but with the right guidance it becomes less complicated. And if you've already thought about your goals, you're well on your way.

Remember why you're doing this—careful estate planning lays the foundation to create the future you envision for your heirs. Your efforts can help you achieve many goals, such as:

  • Providing support and financial stability for your spouse.
  • Preserving assets for future generations.
  • Supporting a favorite charity or other worthy cause.
  • Ensuring your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
  • Minimizing taxes and expenses.
  • Ensuring that individuals you choose can make decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated.

Take stock of what you own

The first step in estate planning is obvious but often undervalued—taking inventory. The simple task of documenting your assets makes things considerably easier for the people who will be implementing your wealth transfer plan.

We've created a worksheet—Your Personal Financial Inventory—where you can list your assets and other pertinent information in one place. Store the inventory in a safe location and tell your executor or personal representative where to find it.

What should you include? Everything you own or have an interest in, including investments like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs (exchange-traded funds); retirement accounts; your home and other real estate; business interests; and personal property.

Remember to list life insurance policies, annuities, trusts, and joint accounts, as well as any debts you have. And provide a record of logistical details such as contact information, document locations, and guidance for funeral arrangements.

Complete your Personal Financial Inventory (PDF)

Formulate your strategy

Equipped with your goals and inventory, you can begin working with estate planning professionals to develop a strategy and create an estate plan.

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Get to know roles and responsibilities

During the planning process, and later as you're sharing the details with your family, you'll be interacting with people in a variety of roles.

On the planning side, an estate planning attorney may be advising and assisting you. And among your heirs, individuals will be fulfilling different roles and responsibilities.

Learn more about the people involved in your estate plan

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✓ All at a low cost

 

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The people involved in your estate plan

Get to know the roles and responsibilities of the people involved in estate planning.

What are your goals for your wealth?

Estate planning doesn't have to be difficult. Start with a clear purpose, and we'll guide you to a plan that meets your family's needs.

Planning for potential incapacitation

You'll want to plan ahead in case you become unexpectedly incapacitated. Here's how to enable a family member to step in for you.

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