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Brad pitt and kidsHere’s one celebrity savvy about estate planning. Actor and producer Brad Pitt has an estate plan that will keep his money away from his ex and benefit his children through a $250 million trust.

After reading about so many celebrities who fail to plan for the future, it’s refreshing to learn that one bold-face Hollywood star has taken steps to create a will and care for his children. In the recent article from Wealth Advisor, “Even Brad Pitt Has Prepared A Will (And A Post-Divorce Trust),” the 54-year-old Pitt has achieved the dual purpose of keeping his millions from his ex-wife and had a trust created to divide his money between his six children.

A source, who’s a family friend commented, “Brad’s intent is that any money he doesn’t have to give Angie in a divorce settlement and for child support is well-protected. He’s setting up a firewall that is specifically intended to keep her hands off his cash.”

10.29.18Your legacy is far richer than your assets and possessions. Planning to pass on a legacy to your family becomes more rewarding, when it includes non-tangibles, like values and treasured family stories.

Who wants to think about death, dying and bank accounts? Not too many people do. That’s why so many of us tend to put off creating or updating our wills. However, taking a different approach, breaking up the task into four key components, and including more than the assets you’ve accumulated over a lifetime can make planning your personal legacy rewarding. The Street’s recent article, “Planning Your Legacy: More Than Just Finances,” explains how this works.

Pillar 1: Values and Life Lessons.  People can forget to provide for some of the most valuable gifts that can be passed on to the next generation of family members, which are experiences and memories. Your years of life encounters have given you a wealth of life lessons and knowledge you can pass on to your heirs. Document your memories, relationships, and any important lessons you want to preserve.

6.21.17Unintended consequences can occur when dividing up real property, which is often harder to distribute than investment accounts or savings accounts. Planning for real property division must take into account the different circumstances of your heirs.

You may have envisioned a time in the future, when your children and grandchildren enjoy the same lakeside home as you have for years after you’re gone, and are pleased with the idea of leaving the family vacation home to the next generation. But think again, says a recent article in Financial Planning, “Save clients from tax pitfalls, family strife when passing on that lake cabin,” because your vision may not translate into reality.

Some of the kids may be attached to the family vacation home and want to keep it. If possible, the best solution is a buyout among the siblings. That’s not as simple if finances don’t allow it, and the sentimental siblings are forced to sell, resulting in hard feelings. Another option is to put the vacation home in an irrevocable trust to remove it from the estate.

5.15.17Legal battles that lasted longer than the marriage, continue to plague the daughter of a real estate investor.

A court action brought by a young woman, whose mother devoted nine years to gaining control of her trust fund, is now trying to free herself from her mother’s financial grip. Her daughter claims that her mother sold as many as seven Gramercy Park co-ops and an apartment building in Brooklyn and pocketed $13 million.

The New York Post reports in “My mom swiped more than $13 million from my inheritance,” that the daughter, Elizabeth Marcus, has tried for years to get a hold on a trust fund from her mom, Geraldine Lettieri. The trust was established for Marcus by her dad, real-estate investor Alan J. Marcus, before his death in 1994. The fight over his estate has been going on in Bronx Surrogate’s Court, where Lettieri first won control of the trust in 2003. Elizabeth says that Lettieri used the fund like a piggy bank, buying fancy cars and a mansion in the Hamptons.

2.9.17Inheritances by their very nature, create many mixed emotions. While you are grateful for the inheritance, you are grieving, which is a painful experience that impacts decision-making skills.

Perhaps the most important thing to know when you are grieving the loss of a loved one and expect to receive an inheritance, is not to make any big decisions. While an inheritance may change your life in a financially good way, as reported in The Reading (PA) Eagle Business Weekly’s recent article, “What to do and what not to do with your inheritance,” you are in a state of emotional crisis. Financial planning and big financial decisions will need to be made, but nothing needs to be done immediately, except for settling the business of the estate, if you are the executor. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

What not to do with an inheritance

12.14.16If you’re walking down the aisle again, there are a number of smart steps to take before you say “I do” another time.

Just as your life was probably simpler the first time you married, your subsequent marriage, especially if it occurs late in life, can become problematic, if good planning doesn’t happen in advance. If you don’t know your legal rights or your responsibilities, reports New Hampshire Magazine in “Navigating Late-Life Remarriage,” you, your children and your new spouse may be in for some unpleasant surprises.

While death and the likelihood that one spouse will outlive the other is inevitable, another important fact is that the divorce rate among those who remarry later in life years is 60%. This is much higher than the rate of any other segment of the population. Some experts think that number may go even higher.

11.29.16When the greed nerve gets tapped, relationships suffer. There are things you can do now that will lessen the likelihood of family battles after you pass.

Every family has its own dynamics, and some siblings that never resolve their differences, no matter how many years go by. When both parents pass away, siblings either make peace with each other (and regret the lost years) or go at it even more intensely. Adding money to the mix can spell disaster and split families permanently.

Motley Fool’s article, “Avoid family fights over inheritance,” says you might be surprised at the amount of money that can cause arguments. It doesn’t have to be a fortune—deep-seated feelings of rivalry and jealously are, in many instances, at the root of the problem. With that in mind, let’s look at four ideas to consider in an attempt to avoid a battle royal over your assets:

8.17.16Moving a lifetime of possessions in or out of the country is one thing, but moving money from country to country without losing it takes a new kind of financial planner.

Whether you are retiring to a small cottage in the Cotswolds or coming home after a career that kept you in Asia’s booming manufacturing markets, there is a new type of professional who can help with one of the most potentially costly parts of the move: moving money across borders.

Nasdaq’s recent article, “Money Crossing Borders Requires Special Planning,” says the good news is that a new kind of financial planning is emerging to help people navigate the potential pitfalls of such moves.

7.15.16We often hear about families who squander fortune; we hear less about families that preserve their wealth and values over generations.

Successful entrepreneurs often struggle with estate planning when it comes to their children. Will knowledge of large inheritances to come create spoiled and unmotivated adults? How can wealth be shared across generations while fostering family values that include a strong work ethic and service to others? In a recent article appearing in Forbes, “The Successful Entrepreneur's Guide to Leaving a Financial Legacy That Won't Spoil Your Kids,” one family’s solution of passing along wealth and empowering generations of children is presented.

The family is one of the richest families in history: The Rockefellers. Their fortune is still going strong today—six generations later. They maintained their fortune by creating trusts to protect the family wealth. Trusts can have specific rules for determining how and when heirs are allowed to access money. This is the key to giving your children access to funds without eliminating their potential to achieve success on their own. Many times entrepreneurs fear leaving their children a large sum of money, but a trust lets you attach some strings.

Love 5.11.2016Houston Millennials have a different perspective about love, money and family.

Boomers have taught their children well. While nearly three quarters of boomers see a gift of money as an expression of love, according to a recent survey, their children don't see things the same way. These different values have a significant impact on how families should discuss and plan for inheritances.

Reuter's recent article, "Equating inheritance with love can cause discord," explains that Millennials hold very different views about receiving gifts. According to the survey, roughly 33% of them feel that a monetary gift is a way for the older generation to exert influence over them.

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