You may seem to have two goals that are at odds. You want to set aside a nice nest egg for your future heirs to enjoy. However, you also want to build up funds so that you are comfortable after retirement, even if you live to a very old age. How can you make your estate planning and retirement planning work together? The secret may be to make your trust the beneficiary of your retirement fund.
Mistakes Heirs Make with a Retirement Fund
It may seem to make sense just to leave your retirement fund directly to a beneficiary. After all, the funds won’t go through probate. However, there are some mistakes that a grieving heir may make which could seriously affect a retirement fund. For example:
- Taking the funds too soon – Your beneficiary may not realize there are large penalties for taking the retirement money too soon.
- Taking the funds all at once – Taking the fund in such a lump sum could result in half of what you saved going to Uncle Sam instead of your beneficiary.
Leaving the funds to a trust means that you can appoint a successor trustee to help dispense the funds at the right times. This allows you to leave the fund to your loved ones but not the responsibility of knowing when best to withdraw the money.
Wise Planning for Your Family’s Future
If you have assets, including a retirement account, to leave to your heirs, contact Petrov Law Firm today by calling 619-344-0360. We can help you to settle your affairs today so that your family can enjoy a comfortable future.Read More
Did you know that gifts can be taxed once they reach a certain value in a calendar year? That’s why gifting trusts exist. By sending gifts that exceed the exclusion amount to a gifting trust, you add to a beneficiary’s trust and don’t get hit with a huge tax penalty. Here are four types of gifting trusts that each have specific benefits.
- Gift Trust with Annual Exclusions – This is how you get around the gift exemption amount. You put anything that you gift above the exclusion amount into a trust for the individual. The money isn’t immediately available, but it also doesn’t get taxed into oblivion.
- Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT) – This trust can be used to transfer a family business to another member of the family and offer protection from creditors for the beneficiary.
- Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) – Are you looking to leave money to a charity rather than family? This is a form of gift trust that is specifically designed to gain tax benefits for the estate when you leave money to the charity of your choice.
- Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT) – This is a way to transfer a home to your children at a value that is far lower than the current market value. It provides tax benefits as well as asset protection for the house.
More Generous Gifting Solutions in California
If you are making generous gifts to your beneficiaries or you want to plan for your future in other ways, the estate planning attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are happy to help. Contact us today at 619-344-0360 to get started on your estate plan.Read More