Many families count on the transfer of general wealth and the transfer of assets from generation to generation. A report from Cerulli Associates says approximately $84 trillion will be passed from today’s older generation to heirs by 2042.
For this wealth transfer to succeed, parents and heirs should consider the pointers in a recent article from yahoo! finance, “Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes When Passing Down Generational Wealth to Your Family.”
Prepare heirs for their inheritance. Speak with family members about how their inheritance might change their lives. Educate them early on about personal finance, and introduce them to your advisors, including your estate planning attorney, financial advisor, and CPA.
Teach heirs how to be financially independent. Another problem can occur if children expect to receive an inheritance and don’t think they’ll need to work. This could get in the way of their personal and professional growth. You want them to know how to support themselves and the value of money earned.
Make sure to diversify your portfolio. When did you last increase your 401(k) contributions or diversify your portfolio? Be mindful of your investments. You don’t want to overestimate the value of your wealth or leave your children with an out-of-date investment portfolio.
Involve your children in the family business. If your legacy includes a family business, you need to consider the importance of ensuring that your children are fully involved in how the business operates and its financial needs and goals. If you simply toss the children into the business without completely understanding it, the transition may not work. As a result, your years of hard work could disappear quickly. A succession plan should be in place, so everyone knows what is expected of them.
Don’t neglect your estate planning. Sit down with an estate planning attorney and create a comprehensive estate plan, including a last will and testament, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living will, and any trusts needed to pass wealth to the next generation. Do this long before you expect it to be needed. If you fail to create an estate plan, heirs will end up in probate court. It could take years before they receive the assets you want them to inherit.
Secure your family's financial future by avoiding these common mistakes when transferring generational wealth. Take action today and consult with our office to protect your wealth for generations to come.