One issue for people as they age is communicating with their heirs about the inheritance they could receive.  Some people are uncomfortable talking to their heirs about money while others are concerned that their heirs could become lazy while they wait on a windfall.  Talking with your children early about money in general and later about the money they might inherit can help your heirs become more responsible with the money they’ll receive.

Here are some resources to get you started:

This article from Kiplinger does a good job of outlining the importance of these conversations and some steps to consider taking.

While this NY Times article walks through these discussions with the ultra-wealthy, there are concepts included that work for people of any net worth. 

AARP has some great resources on finances, health, and wellness.  You can start with this piece on inheritance etiquette and follow the links within for additional information regarding estate planning and inheritance.

Although heirs are commonly children, many of these recommendations also apply to other heirs such as siblings, nieces/nephews, and friends.  It doesn’t hurt to have conversions about money to help give your heirs perspective and to help give them the tools to increase the chances their inheritance will last.

The opinions voiced in this material are for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide specific advice to any individual.  Consult your legal, tax, and/or financial advisor to determine what is appropriate for your situation.

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Woody Derricks, CFP®
Woody Derricks, CFP®
Throughout my nearly 20 years as a Financial Advisor, I have seen some of the best and worst markets in our history. That experience allows me to approach my clients with the knowledge of how the markets fit into their greater financial picture. At Partnership Wealth Management we help everyday people who have accumulated wealth make sense of what they have and work with them to maximize their financial opportunities in a relaxed, comfortable, and professional environment. While we help people from all walks of life, many of our clients are same-sex couples searching for a knowledgeable, LGBT-friendly financial advisor to help them with their unique financial planning needs. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and have the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor(sm) designation. As a Registered Investment Advisor, we are not tied to any company’s investment products allowing us to provide unbiased advice by offering a wide array of investments and other products to our clients. Since 2001, I have been writing articles on financial planning for several regional newspapers and have been a guest speaker on LGBT financial issues for various local and national organizations. Additionally, I have conducted financial planning workshops for large corporations and government agencies. Non-Profit Work I believe that it is important to give back to the community and currently serve as the treasurer for FreeState Justice and as a co-founder/president of Paws for a Cause. I’m a current member of several LBGT, environmental, and local community groups. Personal My wife, Heidi and I enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling with our daughter, Elise, and our dogs, Fenway & Roxy. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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