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Estate planning provisions to help beneficiaries with money management

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Probate & Estate Planning

Inheriting money can be a bittersweet experience. While it represents a thoughtful gesture from a loved one, it can also be overwhelming, especially for those unfamiliar with managing large sums.

This is where thoughtful estate planning comes in. By incorporating specific provisions, you can effectively empower your beneficiaries to navigate their financial windfall.

Trusts for gradual distribution and responsible management

A trust can allow you to designate a trustee, a trusted individual or institution, to manage your assets according to your wishes. This is particularly helpful for younger heirs or those with limited financial experience. You can structure the trust to distribute the inheritance gradually, in stages tied to reaching specific age milestones or achieving educational goals.

This phased approach can allow your heirs to gain financial maturity while still receiving support. Additionally, the trust can outline specific investment guidelines for the trustee to follow, helping to ensure the assets are managed responsibly.

Charitable giving opportunities

Charitable giving can be a meaningful way for your heirs to honor your legacy while potentially receiving tax benefits. Consider establishing a donor-advised fund (DAF) within your estate plan. This can allow your heirs to recommend charitable distributions over time. Essentially, a donor-advised fund offers them the opportunity to connect with causes they care about while managing the inheritance thoughtfully.

Estate planning isn’t just about distributing assets; it’s also often about setting a testator’s loved ones up for financial success. By working with a reliable legal team to incorporate thoughtful provisions for money management, you can help to ensure that your legacy extends beyond the inheritance itself. You may then rest assured that your beneficiaries have the tools, knowledge and support they need to manage their newfound wealth responsibly.