The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) increased the estate-tax exclusion rate. The rates increased from approximately $5.5 million to $11.4 million per person to or $22.8 million for a married couple. As a result, it is wise to consider putting certain estate planning tools into effect now to take advantage of these rates.
Baby Boomers and those who came before, referred to as Traditionalists or the Silent Generation, have different estate planning needs compared to Millennials and Gen Xers. Gen Xers and Millennials are often concerned with planning for the care of their children while Baby Boomers and Traditionalists need to account for a lifetime’s worth of accumulated assets.
Families with a high net worth may use a Family Limited Partnership (FLP) as part of their estate plan. This legal structure can be designed to provide three distinct advantages:
Estate planning plays a vital role in protecting your loved ones and your legacy. Unfortunately, common estate planning myths can push people down the wrong path when it comes to protecting their wishes and their family.
A second marriage brings unique estate planning needs. Although some may view the need to discuss an estate plan as a relatively morbid topic, the discussion can prompt a conversation about future goals.
An irrevocable trust is a legal tool that can help shelter funds from creditors. A wisely structured trust can help to better ensure an intended heir not only receives their inheritance but also gets an inheritance that is protected from attempts by creditors to claim ownership interest in the funds.
A trust is a legal tool that allows the creator to have greater control over his or her assets. Depending on the structure of the trust, the legal tool can result in tax benefits, shelter assets from creditors and even guide how money is used in the future.
As discussed in our previous post, When is an Equal Distribution of Assets a Bad Idea?, available here, splitting assets does not always work out as we may intend. This post will discuss some proactive steps you can take to better ensure an equal inheritance.
Ideally, an estate plan should be an evolving set of documents. These legal tools should change and grow with you — not remain static. Those who put together an estate plan and forget it are less likely to have an estate plan that truly reflects their desires then those who review the documents and make updates.
An estate plan can ease the transfer of assets. This includes everything from a family home to less tangible assets, like stocks. Here are three examples for the best way to discuss the transfer of stocks: