As we embark on a new decade, it’s
natural to wonder about what lies
ahead. A century ago, they called them
the “Roaring Twenties,” but what will
be the hallmark of this era? We can
be sure it will bring both challenges
and opportunities. The new year is a
great time to evaluate our goals, make
course corrections, and give ourselves
permission to dream big.
Everything you own, right down to that set of fancy golf clubs, may be part of your estate once you’re gone, and a comprehensive estate strategy is crucial for multiple reasons. But a truly great estate strategy protects more than just your wealth: it also helps protect those you love, easing the stress they may experience upon your passing. For many of us, our non-human loved ones are part of the family. Let’s take a look at how you can provide for their future.
Charity. It’s just a 3-syllable word, but it reaffirms the deeper side of the human heart: its innate desire to sacrifice for love’s sake, its selfless acts of improving the lives of others, and its humble expressions of caring and compassion. This is where life ought to begin.
Trusts offer a way to leave a legacy, protecting assets while avoiding the costs of probate, as part of your estate planning. Probate is the method of estate administration upon the death of an individual where that individual’s estate and assets are delegated. This process can cost thousands of dollars and be time consuming. To avoid this and to ensure that your loved ones receive the maximum value from your estate and assets, you can set up a trust.
For those whom retirement is a long way off, it can represent a never-ending vacation, a time free of work and full of play. For others who are closer to retiring, their next chapter may represent an exciting season filled with new and meaningful contributions…