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What happens when couples who are working to build their legacy aren’t on the same page about what’s best for their family? How do you bring two different perspectives together? In our practice, we see many kinds of estate planning disconnects. It happens to couples who are happy in their marriage and lifestyle as well as to those who aren’t. So, why the lack of alignment?
"The Greatest Irony in Family Estate Planning" I always find the greatest irony in family estate planning is that people tend to think more about financial assets and give little thought to the personal side of preparing heirs. Some clients just want to be “done with it” and not look at estate planning again. Looking through plans, I see they represent a lot of time and legal work. What’s often missing is the story behind it all. How did the family get to this point? What is the backstory of their pain, failures, victories and joys?
Estate Planning: Are Equal Slices Best When You Divide the Family Pie? While many people think life isn’t always fair, in my practice I find it more likely that life is unequal in how wealth gets distributed. This inequality carries over into many families with children of different ages, skills, interests, needs, and degrees of material success. "... there are many creative ways to actually increase the impact of “the family pie.” -Greg Hammond, CFP®, CPA You may believe a policy of “sharing equally” is the best way to divide your assets. While it’s easiest, especially when it comes to avoiding conflicts, I find it’s not necessarily fair. Even at the risk of conflict, often it’s more practical to divide your assets by recognizing and compensating for differences in the needs and abilities of your heirs.
Under a properly funded cross purchase buy-sell agreement, an owner agrees to purchase all or a portion of the business interest of the other owners. The agreement stipulates that the deceased owner’s estate must sell the business interest and that the surviving owners will buy that business. The agreement also establishes the price to be paid either based on a fixed amount or a formula. In general, current tax law has made the formula method the more prudent choice.
An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is an irrevocable trust set up to own and be beneficiary of life insurance policies. The life insurance can be on one individual or be a second-to-die survivorship policy where death proceeds are payable at the second death.