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Review Your Plans in 2019

A Checklist to Help You Get Started

It’s important to review your estate plans regularly to ensure they still accomplish what you want them to, and to make sure they reflect life’s changes. Events like births, marriages, even new tax laws, should all trigger a review of your estate plans.

This year, make reviewing (and updating) your plans one of your new year’s resolutions. Our checklist can help you get started.

  • Review Your Will. Check for any changes that may need to be made because of a change in your life or because you want to add a charitable gift to organizations you care about, such as the New Hampshire SPCA, in your plans.
  • Confirm Your Executor. Make sure the person named is still the qualified individual you want to manage your estate, resolve claims and distribute the designated portions of your estate to your chosen beneficiaries.
  • Update Guardians. Make sure you are still comfortable with the guardian named in your will for those under your care. If your dependents were minor children that are grown now, does a guardian still need to be listed?
  • Review Your Beneficiaries. Make sure the beneficiaries you have designated for your insurance and retirement plans are up to date. Once you’ve named someone a beneficiary, let them know so they can claim the proceeds.
  • Check Your Power of Attorney. Make sure your durable powers of attorney for financial and health care are current. Provide a copy of your financial power of attorney to the named person. Your health care power of attorney will need a copy, along with your health care provider.

Need Help?

If you have questions about your estate plan, or are interested in including a gift to support the New Hampshire SPCA in your plans, please contact Lisa Dennison at ldennison@nhspca.org or 603-772-2921. We are happy to help.

The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

PO Box 196
104 Portsmouth Avenue
Stratham, NH 03885

Hours

Adoption Center

11AM to 4PM – Friday through Monday
11AM to 7PM – Tuesday & Thursday
Closed Wednesday

Learning Center

Open for Programing Hours

Business Hours

9AM to 5PM – Monday through Friday

Contact

Lisa Dennison

Executive Director
603-772-2921 (ext. 107)
ldennison@nhspca.org

Shelia Ryan

Director of Development & Marketing
603-772-2921 (ext. 106)
sryan@nhspca.org

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.