After years of hard work and sacrifice, you may be at the point in your life where you have accumulated a significant amount of wealth. Although you would like to pass your estate on to your family, the reality is that, without proper planning, you may end up giving a significant portion of your hard-earned assets to the government in the form of transfer taxes. To ensure you pass as much of your estate as possible to your heirs, it is important to spend some time planning for the conservation and distribution of your wealth.
- Create a legacy for future generations?
- Have a business that you would like to keep in your family?
- Be remembered for your philanthropy?
- Have specific assets to transfer?
- Reduce the impact of estate taxes?
- Minimize family acrimony?
Designing the financial element of your legacy plan requires the expertise of your financial representative or life insurance producer, as well as a trust and estate attorney. They will help you decide how much to leave behind, to which beneficiaries, and what techniques are to be used. If these concerns are not properly addressed, your legacy may not have maximum impact.
Remember that determining what works for your situation is a personal choice. Having an in-depth conversation with your financial and legal representative, as well as your life insurance producer, can help you understand the many options available and decide what type of legacy you wish to provide.
Part of your legacy planning should involve an Estate Plan. Learn more about an Estate Plan and products that support it. Additionally, these tools can help you get started on preparing your financial legacy.
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