Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 6, 2021

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Even if you have a totally solid estate plan in place, it can turn out to 
be worthless for the people you love if it’s not updated when necessary. 

Estate planning is not a one-and-done type of deal—your plan should 
continuously evolve along with your life circumstances and other 
changing conditions, such as your assets and the law. 

No matter who you are, your life will inevitably change: families change, laws change, assets change, 
and goals change. In the absence of any major life events, I recommend reviewing your estate plan at 
least every three years to make sure its terms are up to date. 

Additionally, there are several common life events that require you to immediately update your 
plan—to ensure the time and money you’ve already put into your planning will always keep your 
loved ones out of court and out of conflict, no matter what, no matter when. If any of the following 
events occur, contact your estate planning attorney right away and amend your plan. 

1) You get married: Marriage not only changes your relationship status; it changes your legal status. 
Regardless of whether it’s your first marriage or fourth, you must take the proper steps to ensure 
your estate plan properly reflects your updated wishes and spousal needs. 
2) You get divorced: Since divorce can be one of the most stressful life events, estate planning often 
gets overshadowed by the other dramatic changes happening. But once divorce proceedings start, 
you’ll need to ensure your future ex is no longer eligible to receive any of your assets or make financial 
and medical decisions on your behalf—unless that’s your wish. Once the divorce is finalized and 
your property is divided, you’ll need to adjust your planning to match your new asset profile and 
living situation. 
3) You give birth or adopt: Welcoming a new addition to your family can be a joyous occasion, but it 
also demands entirely new levels of planning and responsibility. At the top of your to-do list should 
be legally naming both long and short-term guardians for your kids and considering estate planning 
vehicles, such as a revocable living trust, for them as well. These planning tools can make certain 
the assets you want your child to inherit will be passed on in the most effective and beneficial way 
possible for everyone involved. 
4) A loved one dies: The death of a family member, partner, or close friend can have serious consequences 
for both your life and estate plan. If the person was included in your plan, you need to 
update it accordingly to fill any gaps his or her absence creates. From naming new beneficiaries, 
executors, and guardians to identifying new heirs to receive assets allocated to the deceased, make 
sure you address all voids the death creates as soon as possible. 
5) You get seriously ill or injured: If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness or are involved in 
a life-changing accident, you may want to review the people you’ve chosen to handle your healthcare 
decisions as well as how those decisions should be made. The person you want to serve as your 
healthcare proxy can change with time, so be sure your plan reflects your current wishes. 
6) Your assets or liabilities change significantly: Whenever your estate’s value dramatically increases 
or decreases, you should revisit your estate plan to ensure it still offers the maximum protection and 
benefits for yourself and your loved ones. Whether you inherit a fortune, take out a new loan, close 
your business, or change your investment portfolio, your estate plan should be adjusted accordingly. 
7) You plan to buy or sell a business: If you plan to sell a business, you may be able to take advantage 
of the numerous tax-savings opportunities available in conjunction with your overall planning. And, 
of course, if you are buying a business, you’ll want to ensure your plan is updated and also consider 
your succession plans for the new business. 
A Common Mistake 
Outside of not creating any estate plan at all, one of the most common planning mistakes a plan no 
longer works because it was not properly updated during life. Unfortunately, once something happens 
to you, it’s too late to adjust your plan, and the loved ones you leave behind are forced to deal 
with the aftermath. Don’t let that happen to your family! 

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission tohelp parents protect what they love most. His office is locatedat 55 Auburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Schedule anappointment to sit down and talk about ensuring a legacy of loveand financial security for your family by calling 626.355.4000 orvisit for more information. 

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Arcadia Christian School 

La Salle College Preparatory 1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006 

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade 

(626) 351-8951 website: 626-574-8229/626-574-0805

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325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 website: 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson 

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