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Should You Pay Off Your Home Equity Loan as An Estate Planning Method?

Given the new updates in tax laws that have occurred recently, many people are looking into different strategies that could help benefit them and their loved ones in the future. One common recommendation from accounts and other financial professionals is to consider paying off your home equity loan. 

Since you will no longer be able to deduct the interest payment on your home equity loan or line of credit, if you use the money for any purpose other than improving or buying the dwelling, this means that it is costing you more to keep this money directly on your balance sheet. This loan should only be viewed in consideration of the other debts that you currently owe and not the just the tax implications of it overall.

Furthermore, paying off your home and fully owning the asset could make things easier in the event that you intend to pass this asset on to your loved ones. Your beneficiaries may have less hurdles to jump through when the home was fully owned by you at the time that you pass away. You can then consider other estate planning methods for the remainder of your assets. Scheduling a time to speak with someone who has practiced in this field for years is extremely beneficial for a person who is contemplating the estate planning process.



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