Inheriting assets is a mix of honor and responsibility. As a probate lawyer, I’ve seen many people unprepared for the implications of managing their inheritance. The inclination to treat an inheritance as “bonus” money is common, but there are many pragmatic ways to use these funds for future benefits.
Integrating Inheritance into Your Financial Plan
When you inherit assets, it’s important to evaluate how they fit into your financial plan. Are you saving for a significant purchase, trying to settle debts, or building a retirement nest egg? Each of these goals could be bolstered by the thoughtful allocation of your inherited funds.
Understanding Tax Implications
Inheritance often comes with tax implications. To minimize the taxes you might owe when reinvesting or utilizing your inheritance, consider consulting with your probate lawyer. The kind of inheritance you receive and the rules governing it will largely determine the taxes applicable.
For instance, many people are unaware that inherited retirement accounts like 401(k)s or IRAs require withdrawals within a specified time frame. Failure to understand and adhere to these rules can result in hefty penalties.
Disclaiming Your Inheritance
In certain scenarios, you might choose to renounce your inheritance, either for altruistic reasons or to protect your tax situation. Working with your probate lawyer, you can properly disclaim your inheritance. This process allows the money to “flow” through you to another beneficiary, potentially even one of your children.
Managing your inheritance is far from straightforward; it involves more than simply receiving cash and carrying on. To minimize confusion and determine the most beneficial approach to managing your inheritance, consider working with a probate lawyer.
Our experienced team is ready to answer your questions and assist you in achieving your financial goals. Contact us today for a complimentary planning session. With our team on your side, you can navigate your inheritance with confidence.
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“Janice found herself completely cut out of her mother’s inheritance – and was told that if she wanted to see any of her family treasures again, she would have to bid on them at auction against strangers.”
Receiving an inheritance is great… but are you prepared to handle the responsibility? Most Americans say “no.”