Estate planning often stops short by describing how assets will transfer to the next generation, but does not prepare the next generation for the responsibilities that come with acquired wealth. This can result in poorly prepared inheritors and disputes over assets or the future of a family business. It is important that those who will be the recipients of assets are educated and ready to take on new roles and responsibilities as the family dynamic shifts due to life change.
Law Office of Roland P. Merkel assists clients in creating comprehensive wealth transfer strategies, with careful thought given to each family’s individual situation. This ensures that assets are managed effectively during one’s lifetime and protects the financial interest of the family and loved ones. I can also assist in reviewing the current approach to wealth transfer to see if any changes or adjustments are required.
You have worked hard your entire life to build your estate, your business and other assets. Is it time to think about transferring your wealth to family members?
The decision to establish a Trust fund, pass along your business or incorporate transferring family wealth into your will should not be taken lightly. Each Trust serves different purposes and may or may not meet your needs, depending on whom you want to receive the assets. A will may be contested in probate court, with your chosen beneficiary failing to receive the appointed assets. Legal advice regarding how to transfer your assets can help ensure your wealth is distributed according to your wishes.
Many of my clients are owners of small or medium-sized businesses. They want to ensure they can pass along their businesses to children and avoid personal liability. Other clients have large estates or large sums of money and assets they want to pass on to chosen beneficiaries or charities, and avoid estate and wealth taxes.
I offer personalized advice based on your unique situation. I learn about your wishes for the future and strive to meet your needs with various estate planning tools. I will work with your current C.P.A. or financial planner as a team to look after your best interests. I can help you with wealth transfer options, including:
Family wealth transfer options can be confusing and complicated. Contact Law Office of Roland P. Merkel to learn which option is best for you. Call 859-263-1123 or contact me online to schedule your free 20-minute initial consultation at my Lexington, Kentucky office.