Areas of Focus
Business Owner Strategies
Family owned businesses – even successful ones – don’t often survive into future generations. Two obvious reasons for this are family conflict and federal estate taxes. But a third reason is perhaps even more influential: failure to design a proper succession plan.
Business owners are typically so busy with day-to- day challenges that they often have little time to think about who will take over the business once they’re gone. But the consequences of having no plan in place could be catastrophic to the family, employees and others who depend upon the business.
Taxes. Living expenses. Inflation. Death. That’s about as much as most people can predict about their future. But what if you could get a realistic perspective on the ability of your income and assets to meet your long- term needs and objectives? What if you could analyze a variety of ‘what-if’ scenarios to prepare for all the contingencies the future might hold?
Estate / Asset Protection Strategies
Your net worth doesn’t grow overnight. It involves hard work, focus and persistence. Unfortunately, unless you apply the same skills to preserving your estate, you can lose a good portion to estate taxes after you die. The problem: Transferring assets – even to your own family – can be a taxable event. That’s why you need to find creative, effective ways to build and preserve your estate.
However, there is no need to rush to your estate planning attorney immediately after Congress changes the tax code. However, it’s more imperative to review your estate plan after major life events—for example, the birth of a child, an illness or a divorce. You may also want to review your estate plan if you switch jobs or experience a sudden change in your family’s finances.
Just as the 76 million Baby Boomers once transformed American culture, so too are they redefining retirement. No longer is retirement a time to sit back and wait for the rest of your life to unfold. Instead, today’s retirees have busy, active lifestyles with the freedom to chase new opportunities, revive old passions and realize long-held dreams.
Our approach to investment planning relies on core principles developed and tested since the inception of our firm. These principles are:
- Asset allocation provides the foundation to managing portfolio risk and return potential;
- Tax efficiency and asset location are critical;
- Portfolio expenses must be scrutinized;
- No single money management firm can be all things to all people; and
- Our most important role is to be an objective advocate. Our goal is to control costs, be tax efficient and manage risk. This provides an effective way of helping achieve your financial goals.
Paying for a child’s college education is an expensive proposition – but not an impossible one. With an appropriate strategy, you can go a long way to meeting this challenge whether your child is still in preschool or already in high school.
Say the words “life insurance” to some people, and you’re likely to get a less than enthusiastic response. But, more and more frequently, people are discovering that life insurance can be a helpful financial planning tool. Life insurance offers a way for you to help provide for your family, protect your business, and make charitable gifts without reducing your estate.