Estate planning creates a master plan for the management of your property during life and the distribution of that property at death.
Common estate planning issues addressed in the wealth management process include:
Transfer of wealth
Minimization of transfer taxes
Wealth transfer planning involves the smooth transition and distribution of wealth according to your wishes. With proper estate planning, you decide to whom, how, and when your assets will be distributed, as well as who will manage your estate or business. Special issues you may deal with are providing financial security for your partner, planning for children, equalizing inheritances fairly, and retiring from your business.
A major goal of estate planning is to minimize potential taxes without interfering with your other financial goals. If you give away wealth, during life or at death, you may incur federal—and possibly state—taxes. You can help protect the assets you transfer from excessive depletion by understanding these taxes and the various strategies you can use to minimize them.
Charitable giving is motivated by both personal and tax incentives. Congress encourages charitable giving through tax legislation that can minimize your income and estate taxes. Charitable planning involves selecting the property and charitable structure that will target your needs.
Our process does not end with estate planning but coordinates your estate plan with your overall plans.