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Estate planning for high-worth individuals

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2023 | Estate Planning |

The estate planning process for individuals in New York with a significant net worth can be challenging. Several elements need to be considered, including tax liabilities and matters that impact the family.

Setting priorities

Setting priorities is a crucial aspect of estate planning for high-net-worth individuals. Many individuals prioritize preserving their wealth for future generations and minimizing estate taxes. Others prioritize avoiding probate and selecting a highly qualified trustee. Strategic estate planning empowers ultra-high-net-worth families to transfer assets effectively to the next generation while safeguarding their legacy.

Determining a trustee

The selection of a competent trustee holds great significance in estate planning. A trustee is responsible for managing money or assets held in a trust for the benefit of the designated beneficiaries. A trustee must utilize the funds or assets solely for the beneficiary’s advantage. Every action taken as a trustee must align with the beneficiary’s best interests, as outlined in the specific provisions of the trust agreement.

Minimizing estate taxes

Failure to make appropriate decisions could result in taxes reducing the value of an estate. A key aspect of estate planning is considering all possible tax consequences, including federal and state taxes on gifts, estates and generation-skipping.

Planning for incapacity

High-worth individuals can take steps to ensure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes after they have gone through estate planning. This process involves making provisions for potential incapacity caused by accidents, disease or aging.  There are alternatives to spending a significant portion of life savings for personal care, but planning is essential.

Individuals can secure financial support for dependents by engaging in estate planning, ensuring proper management of their properties and expressing end-of-life treatment preferences. Although estate planning may not be a topic people eagerly consider, dedicating some time and effort to this task can provide peace of mind and assure the desired distribution of assets.