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Estate Planning

Definition of "Estate planning"

Procedure for accumulating, conserving, and distributing personal wealth. In essence, estate planning focuses on enhancement of the value of an estate and its conservation. At the death of an owner, estate planning seeks to transfer the estate to the heir (s) with a minimum loss in taxes and other expenses. Depending on the size and nature of an estate, the expertise of one or more of these specialists may be useful: lawyer, accountant, life insurance agent, banker, or a qualified financial or estate planner.

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