Estate plans dictate how your assets will be distributed after your death. They also include information that will help your loved ones and next of kin determine how to deal with financial concerns that arise if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself. Often, estate plans are used to protect and grow one’s assets during their lifetime to ensure that those assets are available to their loved ones after death.
It is difficult to leave behind an adequate financial legacy if you are not financially stable. Grutz Financial can help you improve your financial situation so that you have wealth that you can gift to your loved ones. They will also help you understand how tax liabilities, such as estate tax, will impact the process of passing on your assets.
Honoring Your Legacy
Many people live their lives with a set of personal morals, principles, and values that guide their decisions. These ideals have likely played a significant role in shaping you into the person you are today. By taking your estate plan to the next level and creating a legacy plan, you can ensure that your beliefs are honored after your passing.
This can be achieved by creating a plan that focuses on giving to the causes that matter to you following your death. You can do so through acts of charitable gifting. For example, your financial advisor may suggest that you establish a charitable trust to donate to a cause that you are passionate about.
Although some people choose to leave behind direct gifts to specific organizations, charitable trusts offer you more control over how your assets are used. Foundations are another philanthropic option that you can include in your legacy plan. Our financial advisors will help you figure out if it makes sense to create a foundation that your children can potentially lead to support the causes you care about in the future.
Dealing With Probate
The process of validating a deceased person’s will can sometimes take months or even years, as this process involves identifying a person’s assets, paying off their debts, and distributing their property to the appropriate heirs. You can work with your financial adviser to diminish or eliminate the probate process by including trusts in your legacy plan. You can fulfill many different needs using trusts, and a financial professional will help you understand how.
You can maximize what you leave behind for your family by signing up for a financial planning session with Grutz Financial soon.
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