Are you planning for retirement but in the back of your mind also banking on a big inheritance? Is it wrong to factor that in? David answers this question from the mailbag about inheritance and gives some tips on how to best prepare for one.
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As you plan for retirement, does it make sense to also consider an expected inheritance? Rebecca writes in with this question for David to answer as we dive into the mailbag. Her mom is 90 years old and in declining health, so Rebecca wants to know if it is reasonable to start to factor in a sizeable inheritance into her own retirement.
David first looks at the assets. For instance, is there an IRA? Is there an annuity? Different assets will change the tax implications of the inheritance. It’s important to be a designated beneficiary listed in order to avoid some of the taxes.
Then, there are certain assets to want to protect to make sure they don’t go through probate. These assets include a home, a car, and a bank account. Whether these are assets you have or that of someone you may inherit from, you’ll want to take the proper steps necessary to avoid probate in estate planning.
All of this will require some communication and a bit of work to set up correctly, but can make all the difference later on in order to make a smooth transfer when it comes to receiving the inheritance.
Listen to David’s full answer on the podcast or click the timestamps below to skip ahead to specific segments.
0:44 – Mailbag: Is it unwise to factor inheritance into retirement planning?
2:10 – Consider the assets in the inheritance and the related tax implications.
3:00 – One thing you need to make sure you avoid.
4:44 – The three assets most likely to get stuck in probate.
6:12 – The cost and time of going through probate.
6:50 – Certain assets are reasonable to factor into your retirement planning.
8:20 – Family dynamics can impact communication about an inheritance.