Wealth management involves more than simply trying to accumulate stable assets and grow your money. There is also a question about the long-term disposition of your wealth. Consequently, there is a notable overlap with trust and estate planning efforts. Properly managed wealth has value in many long-term scenarios so keep reading to explore what they are and how you should prepare for them.
The most obvious scenario involves the disposition of a person's estate. While people tend to focus on the question of their passing, it's also important to consider some other estate-related issues.
For example, what becomes of your wealth if you're incapacitated. You'll want to know that whoever your estate appoints to handle your incapacitation will have the assets and tools needed to continue to manage your wealth well. That means working with a wealth management advisor to integrate your plan into your estate's documents.
A person's eventual passing is part of the equation, too. In regular wealth management efforts, minimizing the impact of taxes is a big deal. It becomes a bigger deal in an inheritance scenario because there are many tools available. For example, you may be able to limit the basic costs of securities by transferring them the right way through your estate. You need to devise the process the right way, though, to avoid inflicting unnecessary tax exposure on your estate's beneficiaries.
Within the question of what happens upon a person's passing is a further question of how their beneficiaries will prosper from the inherited wealth. Oftentimes, there are compelling reasons to not simply transfer the wealth in a block. Trust services are the go-to tools for providing structure so beneficiaries can enjoy the wealth without risking them wasting or diluting it. A trust can dole money out while continuing to build assets through the original wealth management plan.
Another trust and wealth management concern is providing for spouses who might have long-term needs. If you pass but your spouse is medically incapable of handling the assets they'd gain from your estate, a trust can keep their finances on track.
Also, it can protect them by limiting who can step in and influence their financial decisions. Rather than leave a person who might not be fully able to deal with finances, the trust can cover their medical bills, living expenses, taxes, and other needs. If someone needs to render complex financial decisions, the trustee will be there to handle those.
Contact a local wealth management service to learn more.