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8 Signs Your Estate Plan May Be Worthless

Most people hate reviewing their estate plan, and I can't say I blame them. From tax law and complex documents, to trusts and health care directives, the intricacies can be daunting. Plus, talking about life after death isn't anyone's favorite activity.

Unfortunately, these common stressors often prevent people from revisiting their plan once it's been drafted, creating the potential for substantial gaps that could dramatically affect how assets are distributed down the line.

To help you identify these gaps, and to help ensure that your wishes are carried out faithfully after you have passed on, here are eight red flags that can indicate a problem with your estate plan.

1. You're missing critical plan components

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