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3 estate planning considerations for those with sizable assets

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Estate Planning

Estate planning is a beneficial choice for people in a variety of circumstances. Financially successful adults are among those who may need to think about their legacy after they die and also their protection in the event of an emergency.

The more resources someone accumulates throughout their life, the bigger their estate becomes. Sizable estates create unique challenges that those who expect to pass down valuable property need to address ahead of time.

The risk of estate taxes

The property of people who die when they have millions of dollars in personal holdings could be at risk. Florida doesn’t collect an estate tax, but the federal government does.

At the federal level, estates worth more than $13.61 in 2024 could be subject to estate taxes. The rate can be as much as 40%, making planning crucial.

The possibility of family conflict

The more resources someone enjoys during life, the more their loved ones have to fight over after they die. The unfortunate truth is that high-value estates are more likely to cause family conflicts than estates that may only involve a few thousand dollars of personal property. Testators may need to plan carefully to minimize conflict and reduce the likelihood of someone contesting or challenging their estate due to an unfounded sense of entitlement.

The risk of inspiring negative impacts

Someone inheriting a large amount of property from a parent or other loved ones could potentially enjoy a much more comfortable life and could achieve personal goals including buying a home or attending college. Unfortunately, large inheritances often bring out the worst impulses in people.

Those with substance abuse issues might overindulge using inherited resources. Other people might squander their inheritance on expensive vacations and gambling instead of on practical needs or actual personal enrichment. In cases involving other family members with fewer resources or special needs, large inheritances could put them at risk of losing benefits that they rely on for their safety and comfort.

There are many other concerns that those with complex estates need to address. Different assets may require different types of planning. They may have businesses or investments that beneficiaries may not be able to manage on their own.

Sitting down to talk about personal resources and legacy goals with a skilled legal team is a good way to start the estate planning process for those with complex personal holdings. Those who anticipate having a high-value estate can plan to maximize the positive impact their estate has on others.


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