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Professional Legacy Planning from Secure Retirement Strategies

a financial consultant in hunterdon county, nj discussing legacy planning with his clientAs with writing a will, it is important that you start planning your legacy as early as life allows so that when the time comes, your financial affairs are in order. For most people, getting professional advice on how to best prepare their legacy helps them clear up any confusion they may have when planning out their financial futures.

At Secure Retirement Strategies, we help our clients address any issues they may have with their financial security. When it comes to planning for life’s next steps, having a reliable source for retirement advice makes planning your financial legacy a breeze. We’ll help you manage your legacy so that your loved ones can continue to prosper after you are no longer here.

We offer professional legacy planning in the following Pennsylvania and New Jersey Counties:

  • Lehigh County, PA
  • Chester County, PA
  • Northampton County, PA
  • Bucks County, PA
  • Hunterdon County, NJ
  • Mercer County, NJ

What is an Estate?

An estate is a term that used to describe all of the assets that you own which hold value. This can include non-financial assets such a house or personal effects as well as financial assets such as 401Ks and annuities.

Furthermore, your estate can also include important decisions you’ve made that ensure your family’s core values, responsible behaviors, and community involvement will be passed onto future generations.

What is Legacy Planning?

While most people are somewhat familiar with the term estate planning, many don’t fully understand what legacy planning is and how it differs from estate planning. When planning a legacy, we take a more holistic approach then what is typically used for estate planning. We help our clients create a definitive plan for managing your overall wealth while you are alive and distributing your estate how you see fit after your death. We work to ensure that you have a clear plan to pass on your legacy to the ones who matter the most.

Legacy planning today is not just for the rich and famous. It’s for everyday people who want to secure a financial future for descendants. If you plan right, you could leave your loved ones with enough financial assets to pay for things such as:

  • College education
  • A new home
  • Medical expenses
  • Debt
  • A new business

No matter how you envision your estate to be passed down, remember the road to a meaningful financial legacy starts with a solid plan.

What are Estate and Inheritance Taxes and How Do They Affect My Legacy?

One of the biggest things people do not think about is protecting their estate from potential threats like legal issues, creditors and the ever dreaded taxes. Put simply, an estate tax is a tax that is levied when an heir inherits a portion of an estate that is valued at an amount that exceeds the exclusion limit set by law. In contrast, inheritance tax is an additional tax often applied to an estate from the first dollar left to heirs.

What this means is if your estate’s value exceeds the limit set by the IRS, your heir will be required to pay federal taxes on the assets of your estate. If they live in a state that still enforces inheritance taxes, they will also have to pay state taxes on any assets they have inherited from you. Pennsylvania and New Jersey both can apply inheritance taxes depending on who the beneficiary is.

When it comes to planning your legacy, it is vital that you assess how taxes will affect your estate while planning for the future. Often when people invest in retirement plans such as IRA’s, 401K’s, and annuities, they do not account for how high their estate will be taxed when their loved ones accept their inheritance. Anyone who inherits an IRA or a 401(k) will owe income taxes on the amount inherited in addition to any estate or inheritance taxes. We’ll help your loved ones reap more of the benefits of your estate by helping you develop a financial plan that accounts for all possible taxes.

How Can Secure Retirement Strategies Help Me Plan for the Future?

If you’ve already begun to think about your financial legacy, you’ve probably asked yourself who should receive my financial legacy, what should I leave behind, and when should my assets be passed down? These types of questions are common, and our team of professional advisors has the answers you’ve been searching for.

Our financial legacy planning strategies utilize retirement tools such as:

We’ve helped many retirees in the following Pennsylvania and New Jersey Counties secure a bright financial future for generations to come:

  • Lehigh County, PA
  • Chester County, PA
  • Northampton County, PA
  • Bucks County, PA
  • Hunterdon County, NJ
  • Mercer County, NJ

Contact us today to get started on securing your financial future—we’re ready to help!