Parents face a tough decision, when it comes to leaving an inheritance for their children.
There two schools of thought when it comes to leaving inheritances, according to Forbes in "Why Not To Leave Too Much To Your Grown Up Kids."
It is generally accepted that when parents pass away, everything they have left will be inherited by their children. However, there is another approach to inheritances that a few people have always taken.
The second approach comes from a belief that if children know they will receive large inheritances from wealthy parents, then they will have little incentive to make their own money. They will become entitled and lazy.
The thinking also goes that even if the children do not know ahead of time, they will become entitled once they do receive a large inheritance.
It is true that some people do become entitled when they know they will receive considerable wealth later.
Others do not.
The best solution for parents may be to take stock of the character of their own children and make a decision regarding what is best, given those characters.
An estate planning attorney can help guide you in creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances and works best for the entire family. Call (443) 470-3599 today and schedule a consultation with Maryland Attorney Britt L. Stouffer to learn more about Estate or Elder Law and how she can help you.
Large Estate Tax Bills May Be Looming
It would wise of people to consider an estate tax bill, regardless of the size of the estate.
There are some forgotten estate taxes that can create problems, according to Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog points out in "Don't Underestimate State Estate Taxes."
Most people will pay some attention to the federal estate taxes, because that tax receives most of the attention in the national media.
For most people that is the only estate tax they do need to worry about. It is the only one that could apply to their estate.
Most people do not need to worry too much about it, since their estates will be below the historically high estate tax exemption at the federal level.
However, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have their own estate taxes.
These state taxes often have much lower exemptions than the federal government.
The estate of someone who has planned only for the federal estate tax, might have to pay a large and unexpected bill to these states to cover the state taxes.
As is the case when the federal estate tax has not been adequately planned for, not planning for state estate taxes can create problems for estates that have few liquid assets and thus no simple way to pay the bill.
An estate planning attorney can guide you in creating an estate plan that meets your unique circumstances. Call (443) 470-3599 today and schedule a consultation with Maryland Attorney Britt L. Stouffer to learn more about Estate or Elder Law and how she can help you.
Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog(June 8, 2017) "Don't Underestimate State Estate Taxes."
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