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Estate Planning for Single Individuals

Estate planning is just as important for single individuals as it is for couples or families. While your estate plan may differ in some aspects, the fundamental goal remains the same: to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, protect your interests, and plan for your future. As a Folsom lawyer specializing in estate planning, here are some key considerations for estate planning that I believe singles should be aware of:

  1. Wills and Trusts:
    • Create a will to specify how you want your assets to be distributed upon your passing. If you have specific wishes or want to avoid probate, consider establishing a revocable living trust
    • For most single individuals, especially those who own a home, a living trust is generally advisable because it takes effect immediately and will save your beneficiaries significant time and expense by avoiding probate. A will, on the other hand, must be probated and only takes effect at death.
  2. Beneficiary Designations:
    • Review and update beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other financial assets. Ensure that these designations align with your current wishes.
  3. Power of Attorney:
    • Appoint an agent through a power of attorney for financial matters. This agent can make financial decisions on your behalf if you become unable to manage your affairs. It is important that the power of attorney be “durable”, meaning that it continues to take effect even if you become incapacitated.
  4. Healthcare Directives:
    • Create healthcare directives, including a living will and a healthcare power of attorney. These documents provide guidance on your medical treatment preferences and designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
  5. Guardianship for Minor Children:
    • If you have minor children, designate a guardian who will care for them in the event of your passing or incapacity. This is a critical consideration even for single parents.
  6. Digital Assets:
    • Plan for your digital assets, including online accounts, social media profiles, and digital files. Specify how you want these assets to be managed or closed after your passing or incapacity.
  7. Charitable Giving:
    • If you have charitable intentions, consider including charitable organizations in your estate plan through bequests or other charitable giving strategies.
  8. Estate Tax Planning:
    • Depending on the value of your assets, consulting with a tax professional, in addition to an estate planning attorney, is advisable so that you can explore strategies for minimizing potential estate tax liability.
  9. Life Insurance:
    • Evaluate whether life insurance is necessary to provide financial support for your loved ones or cover expenses in the event of your passing.
  10. Review and Update Regularly:
    • Periodically review and update your estate plan to ensure it reflects your current financial situation, family circumstances, and wishes.
  11. Emergency Information:
    • Maintain a list of important contacts, account information, and documents in a secure location, and ensure that trusted individuals know how to access this information in case of an emergency.


Single individuals often have unique considerations in their estate planning, and the absence of a spouse or partner may influence the choice of beneficiaries, executors, or agents. By taking the time to plan and create a well-thought-out estate plan, you can have peace of mind knowing that your affairs are in order and that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. Seeking the guidance of an experienced estate planning lawyer in Folsom can help you create a comprehensive estate plan tailored to your individual needs and goals. If you are single and have questions about estate planning, please contact Thapar Law at 916-579-0605 or send us a message

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