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Optimizing an inheritance through careful planning

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2020 | Estate Planning |

When people in New York receive a large inheritance whether they were expecting it or not, the way they utilize their gift is instrumental in determining how meaningful and beneficial it is. Careful, strategic planning and proper utilization of funds may provide heirs with an added appreciation for a generous gift.

Examining recommendations for what not to do may help people avoid common mistakes that can deteriorate the value of their inheritance and result in disappointment.

Methods of gifting an inheritance

One common misconception that people have revolved around what inheritance looks like. Not all inheritances are the same. According to The Motley Fool, beneficiaries may accept an inheritance in multiple forms including the following:

  • Cash
  • Trust funds
  • IRA

People who anticipate their inheritance in conjunction with a credible description of its form may be more effective at planning the use of their gift. Additionally, they can avoid disappointment stemming from the misunderstanding of what their gift will look like. Differences in the form of their inheritance affect how people receive their money, how taxes work and how they use it over time.

Strategic planning support longevity

People who desire for their inheritance to last long after they received it, are more effective in their efforts when critical mistakes are not made. CNBC suggests that people refrain from the temptation to spend everything right away or allow family and friends to borrow money. People should also be wary of making unrealistic or irrational investment decisions with their money or leaving it in a bank where building additional value cannot happen.