A Lifetime Asset Protection Trust is a unique estate planning vehicle specifically designed to protect your children's inheritance from unfortunate life events. The sudden death of a Legendary host, Larry King, became controversial because of not using Lifetime Asset Protection Trust to distribute his assets to his children upon his death. His story demonstrates that do-it-yourself planning can have terrible consequences for your loved ones - even worse than if you had no estate plan at all.
Setting up an estate plan is the best way to preserve wealth, but without a proper update of your estate can lead to misunderstanding and conflict that will make your assets tied up in the court instead of passing it to your family. This is what happened to the legendary tv and radio host, Larry King, who passed away this year, leaving his current family and children from his previous marriage in a legal battle over his estate because of not updating his estate plan.
Every state has different terms for what happens when you become incapacitated or die, especially when you have a blended family. One of the most common problems that arises of having a blended family is that the deceased’s children from a prior marriage and the surviving spouse end up in conflict. Unless a comprehensive plan has been created. That way, not only do the people you love get the assets that you want them to receive, but you may also be saving them for years of legal conflict.
Just like any parenting arrangement, platonic parenting requires massive levels of trust, communication, and planning since child-rearing is an immense responsibility that lasts a lifetime. Having an estate plan designed specifically for your family's condition that spells out you and your partner's legal rights, responsibilities, and wishes ensure your new family has a proper legal foundation that keeps them away from court and conflict in the event of your potential incapacity or death.
Conflicts frequently erupt in blended families as children, especially from a prior marriage and spouse's interests, often aren't aligned. As Estate Planning mistakes become costly when your family have to sort out disagreements in probate court, it is critical that you clearly state your terms in your estate plan and that you communicate and explain your wishes to your loved ones in person while you're still alive to reduce the chances of conflict and to bring them closer at the same time.
The last thing you want is your family fighting after your death because you didn't create a proper estate plan. This is very common, especially when there is no Will or Trust to clarify who was given what. The good thing is that it can be easily avoided through estate planning. It is one of the most important things you should do so that your family is not having a difficult time, especially if you have a blended family. Here is a perfect example of what you want to avoid.
Talking to your children about money is a very important task and should be done in different stages. This conversation doesn’t happen all at once in one day, in fact you will need to consider their age before talking about family wealth and how it plays a role in their life. Here is how you should approach each stage when having “the money talk” with your children.
The process of divorce is a difficult time for the whole family, it can be extremely hard if children are involved. Couples tend to focus on the negatives of the relationship rather than ending their marriage in a more positive way that is healthier for everyone involved. Conscious uncoupling is the more positive divorce process that minimizes stress and makes the experience much easier. Read here how conscious uncoupling benefits you, your family, and your finances.
In a blended household, conflict is bound to arise between your loved ones when something happens to you, even if you already have a plan in place to take care of them. Fortunately, a method of planning exists for your type family. While legal planning can help resolve that conflict, it can also make your family bond stronger when done right. Whether you are the child of a parent who remarried or you are a parent who divorced and remarried, planning for everyone will keep the family together.
They say the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in 30 years. The impact will spread far and wide, starting with a significant cut in the corporate rate from 35% to 21% and lower levies on repatriating overseas profits. Yet, like the rest of us, you're probably wondering, "So, what does that have to do with me?" Even with the biggest impact aimed at businesses, there are still several changes to the personal income tax laws, and we highlight them here just for you!