Raymond James recently asked investors about how they’re planning for the future of their wealth. And one of the biggest indicators of personal preparedness was working with a team of professionals.
Respondents who work with a financial advisor were more likely to have a documented intergenerational wealth transfer plan in place (84%) than those who don’t work with an advisor (66%). And 82% of respondents told us that working with an advisor increased their confidence in their plans – 54% said it increased their confidence significantly.
Assembling a group of professionals is a positive overall, but the composition of that team will vary based on your personal goals and family dynamics. Financial advisors, estate planning attorneys and accountants are obvious candidates, but more specialized experts like professional trustees or philanthropic consultants could also have a place on your team. Some of our respondents even included spiritual advisors in their planning.
Even if you’re already working with one or more professionals, rounding out your team is a simple way to enhance your planning.
Review your roster
Take a critical look at who you’re working with now. Are there gaps in expertise? Have you outgrown some relationships?
It’s likely you plan to transfer more than money, and managing the future of things like art collections, luxury vehicles or rare collectibles often requires specialized knowledge.
Hold the reins
While your team’s skill and experience are valuable, you know your goals best. Don’t be afraid to point out concerns, bring in new ideas or suggest new players.