How to Pass Down A Large Inheritance and Not End Up With a Spoiled Beneficiary
Knowing that you are in a position to leave behind enough money to provide for your loved ones when
you die is a wonderful feeling. However, it can also be the source of concern though because handing
over a large sum of money to someone can create as many problems as it solves. If you want to provide
for a loved one without spoiling him or her, consider utilizing some of the following estate planning
steps and tactics:
1. Don’t advertise what you are worth. Your loved ones probably have some idea what your estate
is worth, but there is no need to confirm this. The less they know, the better for estate planning
2. Don’t give away details of your estate plan. Again, your loved ones may have some idea who will
inherit from you when you die, but you are certainly not obligated to tell anyone how much they
will be inheriting. Telling someone ahead of time can result in the beneficiary just sitting around
waiting to inherit their inheritance instead of becoming a productive member of society. We
call these people professional “wait-ers”.
3. Make use of trusts. A trust is an excellent estate planning tool for many reasons. You have the
ability to appoint a trustee who will continue to oversee the trust funds and monitor the
beneficiary long after your death so choose your trustee wisely.
4. Consider creating a specialized trust such as an educational trust or an incentive trust. These
trusts allow you to tie the disbursement of trust assets to productive endeavors such as the
completion of a higher education degree or the success of a small business.
5. Don’t give away all the inheritance all at once. Even relatively mature and financially responsible
people can react poorly when handed a large sum of money all at once. The temptation is often
too strong to go out and blow at least some of the money. To prevent his from happening, use a
trust to stagger disbursements over a number of years. Start with a small disbursement and
gradually increase the amount the beneficiary receives over the years. Not only does this give
the money time to increase in value but it gives the beneficiary time to get acclimated the new
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