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Estate Planning

Planning for the unexpected will give you and your family peace of mind. Let our experts help you set up an Estate Plan before it's needed.

An estate plan is simply this: Knowing what happens to all of your assets after death. Those assets can include anything from stocks, insurance, and pensions to cars, homes and even debt. That’s why it is vital to have a plan in place long before it is needed. Since most of us don’t know when that will be, now is the time to put together a solid course of action.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company’s Wealth Management Department has the tools and expertise to help you navigate the complexities of estate planning. Our team members offer decades of combined experience in trust and estate administration. We will walk you through each aspect of the planning process, starting with the most basic Last Will and Testament to more in-depth preparation.

Let our team of experts help you get started today.

Navigating the Terms

During the estate planning process, you will hear a lot of terms that you may not recognize. Educate yourself on the most common with this useful glossary of terms.

Glossary of Terms

Last Will and Testament

A Will is a written legal document that details what will happen to your property and possessions at death. Once completed, you can either revoke or make changes to your Will by amending it. These amendments are called a codicil, and they can be added in prior to death as long as you are physically and mentally able. You are to assign someone as an Executor to ensure your Will is completed.


This individual or trust institution is named in a Will, and is in charge of ensuring all debts for the deceased are taken care of and the Will is satisfied. It’s a big job for one person, which is why Heartland Bank and Trust Company can be an important ally as Executor of your Will.


One of the most important things you can do is make sure your young children are taken care of if something were to happen to you. This starts with appointing a trusted person in your Will to act as Guardian. They are confirmed by the court and their role is to care for your property and your kids. Appointing a Guardian is a big decision that should be talked through with the person you intend to choose.


When you don’t create a valid Will, your resident state laws will determine who receives your property. The court will appoint an Administrator, who will settle your estate and determine distribution. This may leave out individuals to which you had hoped to endow items.


Probate is the first step in executing a Will. It begins in Probate court, where the Will is presented and proved to be valid. Probate is also the time the executor is officially appointed. Depending on the size of the estate and the manner of the will, Probate can last a few months or years.

Pour-over Will

A pour-over Will is simply a type of Will that takes the property of a deceased individual and transfers it over to an existing trust account. A pour-over Will is beneficial for individuals that have created living trusts for children or relatives, as it works hand-in-hand with the trust account to have assets consolidated together.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company's Wealth Management Department is a trusted partner for many clients that utilize our skills and knowledge to serve as Executor of their estate. We pride ourselves in professionalism, confidentiality and a thorough approach – ensuring your legacy remains exactly as you had planned.

Contact one of our professional Wealth Advisory Team Members today!

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Heartland Bank and Trust Company Asset Management and Trust Services is not a broker/dealer. Equity and bond trading in customer accounts is transacted through independent broker/dealers.