“Gifting with Warm Hands”

Money at workWhat is the best way to put your wealth to work?

Estate planning should be view as very serious planning that when coupled with financial planning can ensue your financial security for life. Both are ongoing events, no matter your age or status.

However there is a growing school of thought, a philosophy that claims that the best life plan is: the "Don't Die Rich" plan is based on the premise that money is best used while you are around to enjoy it and appreciate the benefits. Due to lengthening life spans, in many cases, parental assets aren't going to be around to be inherited by children until those children are near retirement age. So by adhering to the "Don't Die Rich" theory, how do you put your wealth to work? Consider the following:

  • You come first, so enjoy yourself. The first beneficiaries of your estate should be you. There's nothing wrong with enjoying your wealth in ways that you can share with your family. Think about spreading the wealth by gifting or making even modest financial transfers to your family heirs. Doing so now, while you are around to see the results, may be better for all concerned instead of leaving them a large inheritance in the future. It's called "gifting with warm hands." Speak with your estate planning attorney about tax implications and strategies.
  • Charitable giving. Become a philanthropist! There are many pluses to making a major charitable gift during your lifetime, such as tax benefits and the enjoyment of seeing all the good works that your money will give the charity. Talk to your estate planning attorney about the possibility of creating a Charitable Remainder Trust. By using this trust, you can put money or securities in an Irrevocable Trust for your charity and reserve lifetime income payments for yourself. When you pass away, the income payments stop, and the remaining trust assets are given to your charity. There are a number of other trust-related charitable giving programs, so talk with your estate planning attorney for details.

Of course, the "Don't Die Rich" plan isn't for everybody, but the thought of seeing the benefits of using your money while you are alive does make sense in many cases. Call us at 757-259-0707 for a complimentary consultation on this or other estate planning options

Reference: Wilmington Business Journal (January 15, 2016) "Do You Really Want To Leave A Large Inheritance?"


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