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As you get closer to retirement, you may begin to wonder more about what to do for estate planning.

Organizing and making plans for what you want to happen to your assets and savings after your death can help you feel secure.

Think about what you want

According to Kiplinger, seriously consider your goals before starting to write out your will. If you want your heirlooms and assets to go to your children or grandchildren, you may want to write out in a will what each person will get. Creating a list of what items you have can help you.

Without a document describing who want as your beneficiaries, there could be confusion after your death. This means that making your wishes clear and thinking seriously about what you want to happen in the future is important.

Take note of your accounts

Beyond the money you saved, you may also have accounts like IRAs or stocks that you own. These assets are also a part of your estate and you should consider them while drafting a will.

The person responsible for handling your estate is commonly known as your executor. They should use your bank account and many other accounts efficiently so that it saves your beneficiaries as much money during the probate process as possible.

Plan for illnesses and long-term issues

If you are too sick or incapacitated to make health decisions for yourself, your will can spell out what you want others to do for you. Estate planning includes making plans for what you want to happen if you need long-term care.

People close to retirement can make good decisions when they think clearly about what they want and choose what works for them while planning for their estate.