There are five main reasons:
- They will keep more money
- They will get it quicker
- It reduces the stress to your loved ones
- Beneficiary designations generally supersede a will
- It’s easy to do and it’s FREE
Retirement accounts have been established under IRS rules and although it has countless pages of legislation, the best part is if something happens to you, your designated beneficiary will receive the funds from your account, without having to go through the normal process of distributing assets at death called Probate. Probate is costly and time consuming. No matter how clearly you drafted your will, there is still an amount of time designated for people to contest the will and as such the time it takes to distribute an estate can drag on for longer than most would care to deal with. Except of course attorneys.
Because there’s no need for legal due process, your assets in retirement accounts can pass quickly to those you have designated. Generally once notified, the custodian of your assets will assist the beneficiary receive the assets into their name, usually in a timely manner.
The last thing your loved ones need to deal with while grieving is to deal with the complexity and stress of chasing money. Without a designated beneficiary, several calls and meetings will consume your loved ones, while your legacy is getting diminished.
Because IRAs and 401ks fall under ERISA laws, your beneficiary will receive your funds regardless of what your Will states. Life happens and things change. Sometimes it’s hard to get time to get your matters in order, but not this one. Which leads me to the next point…
It’s easy to do, and it’s FREE. Log into your account, select “beneficiary designation” and put the names and percentages that YOU want to receive your hard-earned funds.
Don’t let strangers fight over your funds. Take the time to update your beneficiary now……
Mick Graham, CPM®, AIF®
Branch Manager Raymond James
Financial Advisor Melbourne, FL
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