How to Keep Heirs From Being Spendthrifts

August 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

This article was originally published to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal, found HERE. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen spendthrift beneficiaries attempt to burn through trusts—seeking money to fund credit-card debt, half-baked business ideas, designer shopping sprees and even plastic surgery. Spendthrift beneficiaries can be manipulative, self-centered and narcissistic in dealing with…

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Managing Generational Wealth Through Dynasty Trusts

June 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

If you have significant wealth you’d like to preserve, protect and share with future generations, a dynasty trust might be a strategic estate planning option to consider.  The dynasty trust is a type of irrevocable trust that’s designed with the long-term, multi-generational transfer of wealth in mind. One feature that makes a dynasty trust unique…

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Survivorship Planning Checklist

May 2020  By: MICHAEL McLEOD, CFP®

In many families, one partner takes a more active role in handling the finances than the other. Often, this division of labor stems from fear, time pressure or lack of interest. Regardless of the root cause, having one spouse exclusively handling family finances can put the other partner in a difficult position in a time…

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Why You Should Write a Letter to Your Executor–and What to Say in It

April 2020  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

This article was originally published to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal, found HERE. I once had a client who half-jokingly told me he wanted to be buried with his iPhone in his hand so he could call me—the executor of his estate—from the afterlife to make his voice heard. Writing a letter to your…

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Multigenerational Family Unity and Prosperity

August 2019  By: JULIA BUTLER, CFP®, JD, MBA, CFEI

If you could see your children, grandchildren, and great-grand children together at a family gathering 50 years from now, what would you want to see and hear? Many would answer with phrases like “family unity,” “individual accomplishment,” “family members living full productive lives,” “prosperous,” and “community involvement.”  Most parents would like to see that the…

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Establish Trusts to Create Peace of Mind

July 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

I recently had an older client with a significant net worth who spent most of his life in good health, but experienced a severe mental decline in his final years. Unfortunately, he never set up a trust to protect his assets, so it became challenging to look out for his best interests using only a…

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What to Do When a Loved One is Diagnosed with Dementia

May 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

We have seen an increase in the number of our clients or their parents suffering from dementia.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are just under 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and this figure is expected to grow to nearly 14 million in the next 30 years.  As we continue to live longer, the…

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7 Considerations for the Multigenerational Transfer of Wealth

March 2019  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

Congratulations on becoming a grandparent! By any measure, this is an exciting, rewarding time. This life change also offers the opportunity to revisit your estate plan to determine the best ways to “pay it forward” for your grandchildren. What should you keep in mind when planning to share your wealth with future generations? How can…

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Hiring a CFO to Manage Your Family’s Wealth

December 2018  By: JOEL GOODMAN, CFA

As you accumulate significant wealth, your financial world becomes increasingly complex. Your wealth may include not only stocks and bonds, but also private equity investments, real estate and perhaps a family business. Your estate plan may be complicated as well and may include a private foundation. At some point, high-net-worth individuals may find their attention…

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How a Trust Can Protect Your Family from Themselves

November 2018  By: MALCOLM BUTLER, JD

You’ve worked hard to build wealth. You have more money than you will need in your lifetime and you want to ensure your assets will benefit your family once you’re no longer at the helm. One way to do this is to leave your estate to your loved ones through a will. Even though our…

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