When it comes to estate planning, navigating the complex world of legal jargon can be overwhelming. To help you better understand the intricacies of estate planning, we’ve compiled a comprehensive glossary of key terms. Whether you’re just starting your estate planning journey or looking to deepen your knowledge, this guide will serve as a valuable resource. Let’s dive into the essential estate planning terms that can empower you to make informed decisions about your legacy.


Estate Planning Terms:

    • Will: A legal document that outlines how your assets will be distributed after your passing.
    • Trust: A legal entity that holds and manages assets for the benefit of specific individuals or entities.
    • Probate: The legal process of validating a will and distributing assets under court supervision.
    • Power of Attorney: A legal document that grants someone the authority to make decisions on your behalf in case you become incapacitated.
    • Living Will: A document that specifies your preferences for medical treatment if you become unable to communicate.


The person named in a will to carry out its instructions, ensuring that your wishes are fulfilled after your death. Choosing a responsible and trustworthy executor is a crucial aspect of estate planning.


An individual or entity designated to receive assets or benefits from your estate. Beneficiaries can be named in wills, trusts, and life insurance policies.


Dying without a valid will. In such cases, state laws determine how assets are distributed, which may not align with your wishes.

Estate Tax:

A tax imposed on the transfer of a deceased person’s estate based on its total value. Understanding estate tax laws is essential for effective estate planning.


Estate planning is a vital step in securing your legacy and ensuring your loved ones are provided for according to your wishes. By familiarizing yourself with these essential terms, you empower yourself to make informed decisions and work effectively with legal professionals. If you have questions or need assistance with your estate planning journey, don’t hesitate to reach out to Deliberato Law Center. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the process and helping you achieve peace of mind regarding your financial future.

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