5 Million Dollar Strategies – Exclusions and Planning by George Mentz JD MBA CWM
There are 2 key objectives in wealth management. There are rules and then there is strategy. The purpose must be effectively intertwined with the laws on the books, and then mixed with the products and services available. And, it all must be documented effectively.
This all makes you think about the options available under the “so called” 5 million dollar exclusion. Here are examples:
1. Gift money to a trust and use a trust department while creating trust documents that have various provisions such as “spend thrift” or education, welfare, and living sustainability clauses.
2. Gift cash to multiple 529 plans to benefit several if not dozens of heirs for educational purposes.
3. Move stock or member interests in small to medium companies to heirs.
4. Create a dynasty trust with a wide array of beneficiaries who are descendants of children or relatives.
5. Buy homes or apartments for loved ones. Have the homes in trust where they are sustained & can’t be encumbered or legally attacked.
6. Set up UGMA or UTMA accounts for grandchildren, nieces, nephews and so forth.
7. Move income producing assets into your children’s name so as to capture a better tax rate.
8. Donate appreciated assets or stock to your children and have them move to a tax free state such as Texas and capture the low capital gains rate before year end.
9. Sell a business for stock, and immediately gift the stock to heirs or loved ones.
10. Borrow the money against your assets such as stock or real estate, and gift it to loved ones.
11. Release loans to family members as a gift.
12. Fund a major insurance trust immediately with a single premium policy.
13. If you demand that family behave and receive a lot of money later, create trust where beneficiaries only receive a portion of the money until they turn 35 or 45 years old.
*It is generally best to consult with a Chartered Wealth Manager and then use a licensed attorney who specializes in your county or state with trusts and wills. Moreover, it is advisable to consider using a lawyer or trust department to manage your estate, trusts and wills. Trust departments offer a lot of services to evaluate and can manage the assets of a trust while also paying bills, insurance, managing successions, and even running a business.
About the Author: Dr. George Mentz is a world recognized consultant and award winning professor who has authored several revolutionary books. Prof. Mentz, an international lawyer, has been a keynote speaker globally in Asia, Arabia, USA, Mexico, Switzerland, and in the West Indies. Mentz can be contacted for speaking engagements at www.gmentz.com or www.managementconsultant.us or www.selfhelpbook.org Mentz is a licensed attorney and CWM Chartered Wealth Manager who resides in Colorado Springs Colorado USA
*No tax, insurance, investment or legal advice provided herein. Please consult with a licensed professional in your jurisdiction before making any important financial or legal decision.