Five Levels of Estate Planning
The five levels of estate planning is a systematic approach for explaining in a way that you can easily follow. Which of the five levels you need to complete is based on your particular objetives and circumstances.
Elements of an Estate Plan:
- A will lets you specify your wishes, including how you want your property distributed, who will administer your estate and who will care for your minor children.
- A trust holds your assets for the benefit of one or more people (you, your spouse, your children). You’ll need an attorney’s assistance to create a trust.
- Powers of Attorney allow your chosen representative to act on your behalf for financial and health care decisions.
- Life insurance proceeds are paid to a beneficiary at your death.
- Gifts are transfers of property made during your life to family, friends, or charity.
Private foundations Public Charities
GRIT/GRATIntentionally defective income trust Personal residence trust taxable gifts.
Family Limited partnership/limited liability company Discounted gifting - irrevocable trust.
Annual exclusion - gifting $13,000/$26,000 (2009) Family income trust
Wills, Trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care proxy cash flow analysis, income tax planning. Guardians, Trustees, executors