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Estate and succession planning

Estate and succession planning

Succession planning and the estate planning is something that has been confused by each other for decades. The easiest way to understand it is that the succession planning is something that involves you, your successor that is going to be your family and also the property. It means that you will have to understand that how does the change in the leadership and most importantly ownership change takes place. And the key point while going through all this change is that it is done in the tax-efficient way possible. 

In succession planning, you will think forward about how your lifestyle would be after you retire from your current position. You will have to take into consideration you, your spouse and also anyone who is included in your dependents such as your children. It is crucial that you jot down all the details about revenue sharing and if you feel considerate enough to designate some portion of the revenue towards the dedicated charity. Consider this as a way towards smoother ownership for the next generation you are handing down the business to. 


Now that you have decided on the succession plan let’s discuss the estate planning because it is something that requires you to draw out the legal documents that will mention the asset distribution among your beneficiaries. This will work into eliminating any sort of family disputes that might be the fire starter for the rivalries in the family. 

Estate planning:

Estate planning is something that every business owner or the property needs to do it while they are alive as they do the succession planning. Because in the case of retirement they are giving over the business to next generation while in the case of estate planning they are giving over the possession of their property to the people of their family, and this means that they need to be of excellent understanding that they are basically planning for who gets what after they are deceased. 

One thing should be kept in mind that it does touch the sensitive issues, but yes, if succession planning s followed with the estate planning then it is going to help you reduce your taxes and also get some properties tax exempted and save a bit more for the assets that are going to be allocated to your heirs. 

Estate planning does not have to be an uncomfortable topic because it is your property and you can allocate to anyone you deem worthy.  Of course, you need to keep in mind that you are not going to create any family rivalries that are unnecessary. But a few of the elements that estate planning refers to are:

  • Wealth assessments
  • Taxes exposure of the estate
  • The wealth of the owner allocated for him after retirement to live a comfortable life.
  • How much wealth is in excess financial security for the owner. 
  • Wealth to be distributed before and after passing of the owner. 
  • Portfolios regarding insurance and investment mentioned and explained in detail. 
  • Intentions about healthcare and personal asset distribution. 
  • Time of retirement along with the person subjected to social security. 
  • Any issues regarding estate that need to be discussed or have been discussed with the heirs. 

The most important factor of estate and succession planning is that they can be taken care of simultaneously and they do not have to be done separately. Many a few time this has been followed, but mostly either just the succession planning is completely done or estate planning while the other one is just left alone and after the person is deceased it creates a very big vacuum that can create further problems for the business and estate too. 

You do not have to be scared of how to tackle the problems that you will be facing because once it is done with you will be able to plan for your vacation after retirement in peace rather than planning on who gets what and how what is dealt with. These both plannings that are estate and succession planning is something that has to be down before you get to take your retirement since that is the only way you will be able to avoid issues between heirs or power vacuum in the business. 



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