How to Claim an Inheritance from Abroad
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If you’ve ever tried to claim an inheritance from abroad, you know the confusion can feel overwhelming. While the deceased may have meant for you to be an heir, the funds don’t magically end up in your account. You’ve got to deal with quite a lot of paperwork and plenty of notarized signatures…. Read more

Should You Leave Your Children an Inheritance?

If you leave your children an inheritance, what will your kids do with your money one day? Most people I meet who receive an inheritance manage the cash influx well. Together, we create a financial plan and then invest according to the plan.
However, sometimes the recipients of large lump sums,… Read more

Why Receiving an Inheritance is Difficult: It’s not “free” money
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Two years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, my father passed away. He left his daughters a houseful of memorabilia and his investment accounts.
Along with the emotional turmoil, I was faced with the task of processing the estate.  I learned a few valuable lessons that I hope you can use to organize your own finances to make it easier for your heirs (in 120 years…)…. Read more

How to Avoid Inheritance Anxiety
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One of the most common side effects of receiving an inheritance is anxiety. This can be caused by the desire to honor the memory or wishes of the deceased or fear of making a financial mistake. It should be comforting to have more money, but sometimes the cash infusion only increases financial worries…. Read more

The Best Way to Update Investments in an Inherited IRA
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If you inherit an IRA (Individual Retirement Account), you must be aware of the regulations concerning transferring the account to you, the “beneficiary.” Apart from the technical requirements for processing the account, which a financial advisor should be able to handle, some people also feel a moral responsibility.
When a client recently called me about an inherited IRA,… Read more

The Best Way to Invest When You Want to Gift Money

Recently, a couple with four children of various ages asked me for advice on how to invest funds that they had just inherited. They didn’t need the inheritance for themselves, and they wanted to pass it along to their children.
The couple’s oldest child was married and wanted to buy a house,… Read more

How to Make the Most Out of Your Parents’ Stocks

What should you do if you inherit a portfolio of stocks from your parents?
Should you sell  inherited stocks?
To answer the question of whether you should sell inherited stocks, start by asking yourself whether you would buy these stocks if you had extra cash.
You have no moral or legal obligation to keep the positions just because your parents owned them…. Read more

What Should You Do When You Get An Inheritance?
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Many of my client relationships began as a result of receiving an inheritance. The sudden infusion of money is a good impetus for a review of one’s goals.
The first thing to do when you get an inheritance is – nothing. There’s usually no rush to spend or invest the money…. Read more