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Estate planning is critical for people who have family and who want to direct who inherits their assets and cherished possessions.

However, what should you do if you have no heirs? Making end-of-life decisions without the support of family members can be noticeably more difficult. But it is still important.

One benefit of having an estate plan in place is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that everything you have worked so hard for in life will continue to be constructive and beneficial after you pass away.

While you may not have a physical person to leave things to, there are plenty of other ways you can put the assets you have accumulated to good use. You could donate some of your estates to a charitable cause that you support. If there are schools nearby, you may choose to create a scholarship fund or contribute to one.

Another important part of coordinating your estate plan that will largely determine its effectiveness is naming someone you trust to execute your will and the remainder of your plan. If you cannot settle on an individual, you could consider hiring a professional to undertake this responsibility and execute your estate plan in the way you have envisioned.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.