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The Weekly Scenario: Getting Estate Planning Documents Reviewed Periodically

Question: I had my estate planning documents prepared several years ago.  Do I need to have them reviewed periodically?

Answer: If you’re like most people, your personal and financial situation today is much different than it was when your children were babies….or your financial situation today is very different than it was after college. With that being said, unfortunately, it’s just wishful thinking to believe that once a Will or Trust is drafted, it rarely has to be revised.

Estate planning is really a lifetime plan and it will always evolve as your life changes (birth, death, divorce, remarriage, changes in finances, etc). Estate planning is an ever-evolving process that is intended to capture the dynamics of your specific situation along with changes in the law.

Your Wills, Trusts and other estate planning documents should be reviewed periodically – every 3-5 years – to be sure that your plan is on target.


As always, if you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Steve Shane at or 301.575.0313.


Steve Shane Casual | 301.575.0313

Steve Shane provides strategic counseling to clients in need of estate administration, charitable giving and business continuity planning while minimizing estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exposure. He offers legal guidance to clients on asset protection and the proper disposition of assets in accordance with the client’s objectives, while employing tax planning techniques such as the use of irrevocable trusts, life insurance planning, lifetime gifts, and charitable trust. He is also experienced with drafting documents for business planning, the incorporation, and application for exemption for Private Foundations and the administration of decedents’ estates.





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