Building an enduring plan for a lasting legacy
Building an enduring plan for a lasting legacy
Say you’re the main beneficiary of a trust that is generating plenty of income for you, but it’s falling short for the other three beneficiaries – your kids. You’d like to continue enjoying your current lifestyle, but you’d also like to ensure that your children and grandchildren are taken care of now and well into the future.
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Our team’s first order of business would be to meet the family – it’s vital in estate and trust planning situations to keep families on the same page. Next, we’d examine the trust documents as well as your overall financial picture and, if appropriate, seek out opportunities to redistribute the trust’s income and assets to help meet your family’s needs. In addition, we’d assess the tax outlook to determine if a new distribution strategy could result in tax benefits.
To learn more about how we help you transfer your income and assets to the next generation, or to an organization you are passionate about, contact us today.
Strengthen Your Legacy
Think of it this way: if you don’t plan for your estate, it will inevitably be done for you. Most often the state will intervene, which can take a toll in taxes, time and additional emotional stress for loved ones. That is why it is important to develop your own estate plan.
We are here to make legacy planning a positive, life-affirming endeavor that leads to the preservation of your family values and your assets transferring efficiently and according to your wishes. We have access to experts in trusts, insurance, philanthropy and family dynamics. Our team is also adept at working with other professionals – such as CPAs and attorneys – to help ensure a well-coordinated approach, that your wishes are communicated to all involved, that your thoughts are thoroughly and accurately documented, and that your plans are amended appropriately as new marriages and births occur in your family.
Preserve Your Legacy
There are various instruments that work within your overall estate plan to provide certainty and control over everything you’ve worked for and accumulated during your lifetime, regardless of asset level. Examples include wills, trusts, insurance policies, and carefully considered durable powers of attorney.
Using instruments such as these can give you the confidence of knowing that your estate will be handled as you wish and can potentially exclude probate – a lengthy and expensive process. Well-documented estate plans may also help your family avoid the court’s involvement in appointing a guardian or conservator in the event of incapacity. Thorough documentation can provide for long-term care or education for children or grandchildren while other investment vehicles can provide for a favorite charity.
Our team works with you and your other professional advisors to ensure your wishes are communicated in writing and are legally binding. Moving forward, we will revisit your plan to help ensure it is up to date.
Make Your Mark
Making charitable giving part of your financial and estate plan enables you to support the charities and causes you love, now and in the future. Moreover, having the right charitable giving strategy can help further your overall wealth management plan.
There are many ways to make charitable giving part of your overall financial plan, each with its own level of control and tax benefits. Some options provide immediate or future tax deductions while others can provide a continuous income stream. In any case, our goal is to help ensure tax-efficient giving so that your estate or charity of choice receives the most benefit from your gift.
Our knowledgeable team can provide recommendations that not only benefit you now but provide the opportunity to shape the way you wish to be remembered.
This information was developed by Raymond James. It is general in nature, and is intended solely for the purpose of illustrating conceptually how a particular estate planning technique might work, based on various assumptions. Whether the planning technique is appropriate for you will depend on your goals and your specific situation. This is not a complete statement of all information necessary for making an investment decision, and is not a recommendation or a solicitation to buy or sell any security. Investments and strategies mentioned may not be suitable for all investors. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Raymond James does not provide advice on tax, legal or mortgage issues. These matters should be discussed with an appropriate professional.
Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax or legal advice. You should discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.