October 17 – 23 has been designated by Congress as National Estate Planning Week under HR 1499.

It is estimated that 120,000,000 Americans do not have up-to-date estate plans to protect themselves and their families in the event of sickness, accidents, or untimely death,” informs the NAEPC Education Foundation’s news release for National Estate Planning Awareness Week.

A survey from 2010 by found that “only 35% of Americans now report having a will and only 21% have a trust arranged.” A more recent survey by EZLaw affirmed these numbers. It found that “only 44% of Americans report that they currently have any estate planning documents.”

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