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How estate planning can help dentists protect their futures

Many people in Michigan visit dentists to receive needed care. Dentists spend a lot of time caring for their patients. However, these professionals must also take care of their estates. Estate planning for dentists involves completing several crucial steps.

Protecting the future of your practice

It can take decades of hard work for dentists to grow their practices. Some dentists also have multiple offices to manage. Fortunately, setting up a will is a part of an estate plan that helps protect your company’s future. With a will or trust, you choose who to leave your practice to when you’re no longer able to work.

Having help during incapacity

Dentists often spend their lives treating their patients’ health issues. However, a dentist must also prepare for times when they’re the ones seeking treatment. Whether due to something sudden or the effects of a lingering condition, having a living will lets someone make important decisions on your behalf when you can’t.

Accurately valuing your practice

An important step in the estate planning process involves valuing your assets. While looking over your estate, this is a great opportunity to obtain a fair value for your dental practice. During this time, you might uncover business-related strengths and weaknesses you haven’t thought about.

You can value your practice using one or a combination of financial analyses. For instance, a horizontal analysis compares past and present business financial statements. If this step seems too complicated, consider having a financial professional help with valuation-related tasks.