Baby boomers are now aging in a tax era that is favorable to transferring wealth to loved ones of younger generations. The recent increase in the estate and gift tax exemptions thresholds, along with expanding wealth, work to create an atmosphere conducive to transferring extensive assets after death. But many people believe that because of this amicable atmosphere, the process of passing along their estate is now so simple that they are able to take care of their estate planning on their own. However, due to longer lifespans, higher incidences of multiple marriages, and blended families, the process of creating an estate plan that satisfies all of your needs may be more complicated than originally thought.
See Michael Feinfeld, 7 Common Estate Planning Disasters and How to Avoid Them, Market Watch, April 26. 2018.