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Passing your estate to an heir with credit problems, a shaky marriage, a gambling or alcohol addiction, or any other concerning situation might not only lead to that wealth being squandered, but the inheritance could worsen destructive behaviors.

Of course, you don’t want to disinherit your child(ren) simply because of their personal challenges. There are potential solutions that allow parents to control and incentivize behaviors long after they are gone, helping ensure that a troubled child’s inheritance won’t be misused.

You do not want to avoid or delay creating a plan hoping that your heir’s issue will go away. This could result in you passing before any plans have been set and the inheritance could be given without restrictions.

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By Jessica Searcy Kmetty

Whether you’re talking about finances as a couple, as a family, or with a financial advisor, the situation can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable.

Chances are, finances weren’t talked about in your house growing up. For many, discussing such things was considered taboo, so it’s hard to start a conversation now about something you just don’t have experience talking about.

But, staying quiet about finances could hurt you.

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By John C. Fales

Should we include our children in conversations about inheritance, our net worth and our estate plan?

Should we be gifting assets to our children along the way or should we control the money until it transfers to them upon death?

How do we teach our children and grandchildren to be smart with money?

When an individual or couple has more than enough assets to meet their personal needs, thoughts often turn to how best to provide for and transfer wealth to the next generations.

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A living trust is a popular consideration in many estate strategy conversations, but its appropriateness will depend upon your individual needs and objectives.

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Actor Lee Marvin once said, “As soon as people see my face on a movie screen, they [know] two things: first, I’m not going to get the girl, and second, I’ll get a cheap funeral before the picture is over.”

Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their own funeral, and yet, many of us have a vision about our memorial service or the handling of our remains. A letter of instruction can help you accomplish that goal.

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