Beneficiary designation will keep bank account out of probate – Orlando Sentinel
Q: If I name a beneficiary on my bank account, will this avoid probate upon my death? – MC, Orlando
A: Yes. If you complete the beneficiary designation form and your beneficiary is alive at the time of your death, the bank account will not be considered a probate asset and the funds will be released to your beneficiary outside of the probate process. –Derrick Chandler
Q: I’ve spoken with a lot of financial advisors and I feel like I’m quite conservative. I need income, but I’m afraid bonds aren’t paying much right now. What should I do? –EG, Orlando
A: Consider setting aside enough income to cover your monthly expenses for the next 12-24 months, then invest the rest of your portfolio in a mix of stock and bond mutual funds depending on a level of risk with which you are comfortable. An independent financial adviser can help you determine what should be based on your personal circumstances. – John Cash III
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