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How to Talk to Your Children About Your Estate

Talking with your children about disability and/or death can be a difficult task for most people. Parents spend the better part of their financial lives working, saving and planning only to end up avoiding proper communication and planning with their children on the topic of death. Parents often do not discuss their estate plans with adult children out of fear that this will only cause tension and improper incentives. But in my experience as an attorney and financial advisor, the most successful planning results come from good communication.

Generational Wealth Building Illustration

One way to strategically transfer wealth to your heirs and build generational wealth is through a strategic gifting plan. Here we illustrate how early contributions can compound into significant values over the recipient’s lifetime. Specifically, gifting $25,000 annually for the first 10 years may have an ending value of more than $14 million in 90 years. Moreover, starting at age 60 the recipient can spend 5% from this portfolio annually over the next 30 years for total distributions of more than $17 million. (Both figures are adjusted for 3% inflation.)

Note: Figures do not take into consideration underlying annuity or mutual fund fees, taxes or trading costs. Performance data depicts historical performance and is not meant to predict future results.

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