Kent attorney Christian Pearson from Iddins Law Group says powers of attorney can be a great benefit, even in your 20s and 30s. Charles Cotugno photo

Estate planning in your 20s: Who do you trust?

Granting a friend or family member powers of attorney gives you protection, peace of mind

Since the average American lives to be 77 years old, many people in their 20s may think there’s plenty of time to put together an estate plan. But Kent attorney Christian Pearson says it’s not a good idea to put it off.

“I’ve worked with plenty of clients in their 50s and 60s who use the same logic — they’re not planning to die anytime soon, and they assume they’ll get to their estate plan eventually. It’s a better idea to cross it off the list early. Then you can stop worrying,” says Pearson, who specializes in personal injury law and estate planning at Iddins Law Group.

An estate plan is something you should revisit throughout your life — typically after marriage or divorce, births or deaths. You can work with a lawyer to establish initial plans in your early 20s, then amend those plans if you get married, have children, and later if your children get married, divorced, or have kids of their own.

Who do you trust to act on your behalf?

Estate planning is more than just deciding what happens to your possessions after you die. It also includes plans for your care and finances in the event of illness or injury — and deciding who to trust in these scenarios can be particularly challenging for younger adults.

“Once you’re married, it’s fairly clear who will make decisions on your behalf. But if you don’t have a spouse, powers of attorney become extremely important,” Pearson says.

If you’re travelling overseas and need someone to pay bills or manage other finances while you’re away, assigning powers of attorney can make life simpler. If you’re injured while serving in the military and need to sell your home, who do you trust to act on your behalf?

“If you’re not married, it may not be immediately obvious who that trusted person should be, especially if your parents are deceased or there are disagreements between siblings. But if I describe a scenario and you answer automatically, that’s your person.”

An attorney can help you understand the limits of your powers of attorney (whether they apply to your finances, your health, or both), and also when they’d take effect (in younger adults, a physician’s signature may be necessary).

Iddins Law offers free, 15 minute phone consultations, and many of their estate planning services are offered for a flat rate fee. To request a complimentary phone consultation, call 253-854-1244 or visit Learn more at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

The news and editorial staff of Sound Publishing, Inc. had no role in the preparation of this post. The views and opinions expressed in this sponsored post are those of the advertiser and do not reflect those of Sound Publishing, Inc.

Sound Publishing, Inc. does not accept liability for any loss or damages caused by the use of any products, nor do we endorse any products posted in our Marketplace.

More in Local Marketplace

Bill Albright has been serving local homebuyers and sellers for 30 years. Photo courtesy of Bill Albright.
A successful home purchase or sale starts with a personalized approach

Customized, people-first plans are key for home buyers and sellers

Shelia Cowart at Longevita Pilates and Yoga Studio with her dog. Photo Courtesy of Shelia Cowart.
Come in for Pilates, Yoga and fitness walk out with a brand new lease on life

Owner of Pilates and Yoga Studio teaches the importance of self-care in a judgment-free zone

Iddins Law Group helps Seniors determine if they qualify for Medicaid. Photo Courtesy of Charles Cotugno.
Invest in your health future and make a plan for Medicaid Benefits

Consult an attorney to understand Medicaid laws and how they affect you

Kent attorney Christian Pearson from Iddins Law Group says powers of attorney can be a great benefit, even in your 20s and 30s. Charles Cotugno photo
Estate planning in your 20s: Who do you trust?

Granting a friend or family member powers of attorney gives you protection, peace of mind

Cameron Pearson is an attorney at Iddins Law Group in Kent. To request a complimentary phone consultation about a wrongful death case or other concern, call 253-854-1244.
‘Sense of service’ motivates Kent wrongful death lawyer to help grieving families

Statute of limitations means it’s important to act quickly. Start with a complimentary consultation.

Many factors influence a woman’s cardiovascular health during pregnancy, but a key concern is high blood pressure, which can lead to a condition called preeclampsia.
Why blood pressure should be top-of-mind for expectant moms

High blood pressure during pregnancy can put mom-to-be and baby at risk

Brittany Stockton, an attorney working in Estate Planning and Probate at Iddins Law Group in Kent. Photo courtesy Iddins Law Group
Kent Law firm welcomes estate planning attorney

Brittany Stockton says writing wills and estate plans gives her clients peace of mind

As a Personal Injury and Wrongful Death paralegal at Iddins Law Group in Kent, Starsha McLennan (left) has helped with a number of cases involving Ricky’s Law. Charles Cotugno Photo.
How Ricky’s Law connects those in crisis with lasting help

Kent Law firm’s compassion and expertise can simplify personal injury and wrongful death cases

Justus D’Addario from Renton Family Therapy has seen significant progress in many of his clients using a technique called Lifespan Integration Therapy.
Not all talk! Renton therapist helps clients experience themselves in a new light

Creating a timeline of your life can help break old habits and move past trauma

Call 253-854-1244 or visit to request a complimentary phone consultation. Learn more at or on Facebook and Twitter. Charles Cotugno Photo.
Good old-fashioned lawyer lends a hand with problems big and small

Kent law group’s 15-minute consultations help clients feel more comfortable hiring an attorney

Our regional economy cannot allow its rich, multicultural businesses to function in silos. Stronger, more strategic connection and investment in BIPOC businesses is a model for inclusive business growth. Phot ocourtesy Federal Way Chamber of Commerce
Economic equity is foundational for growth

Data can be used as a powerful tool to address the business… Continue reading