Christopher Drew, the founder of Drew Capital Group, was recently featured in an article from The Balance to discuss the importance of early estate planning.
At Drew Capital Group, we understand that even opening the conversation about an estate plan can be a terrifying idea. It’s a plan for the inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any less vulnerable or unsettling. Nevertheless, an estate plan is extremely important, which is why The Balance turned to our founder, Christopher Drew, for insight, firsthand accounts and testimonials to their value.
As families age, caretaking responsibility often falls on children and other family members. While half of that responsibility includes acts of service, the other half relies on the emotional and mental part of the relationship. Chris Drew believes that family members with a grasp and understanding of their loved ones’ wishes can cut down on awkward discussions they may not be interested in having.
The process can also be simplified by starting the planning process early. First and foremost, as we age, we may experience some sort of physical and mental decline. A great deal of stress can be avoided by getting affairs in order while you or your parents are operating at peak efficiency.
It can also be tremendously helpful to avoid planning out of necessity. For example, a major life event can force some families to confront their problems before they’re mentally prepared to deal with them. “It’s a reality that can make financial futures more complicated, which is why it’s ideal to start discussing financial matters and wishes for after death early,” Drew said.
Other reasons to create and maintain a proper estate plan include the avoidance of court proceedings, the simplification of the process, the preservation of wealth and the closing of the racial wealth gap. A consistent, periodic updating of beneficiaries can ensure that your assets fall into the hands of exactly who you intend to pass them to, and the discussion shouldn’t be avoided out of fear or shame.
The article also notes that simply opening the conversation can be difficult, so it offers a few tips to those looking to get ahead of the curve. First, for adult children, it may be advantageous to consult siblings. Equal division of assets may sound ideal, but it can vary based on needs and desires. Additionally, initiating the discussion could be smoother with a united front.
Dialogue can also begin with simple questions with good intentions, as to show parents that you’re focused on alleviating stress and promoting their legacy. At the end of the day, estate planning is about them, and it should be focused on eliminating difficulty in the planning process as opposed to personal gains. Some strategies to keep the conversation focused include using relatable examples and focusing on tax benefits, assuring them that you’re looking to protect more of their hard-earned money.
To read the entire article and learn more tips about estate planning, click here.
If you have any questions about beginning the conversation or crafting the right estate plan for your situation, please give us a call. You can reach Drew Capital Management in Tampa, Florida at (813) 820-0069.
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