The Business of the Family

By Dr. Richard Orlando “As CEO of an international company, I have read many books on leadership, wealth, and success. Of these, Dr. Orlando’s book is in a class by itself. Legacy provides principles and insights that can assist business owners and entrepreneurs in their pursuit to prepare themselves and their children for the opportunities and responsibilities that come with success. …

Investor Education: Family Governance – Know Your Why

By Dr. Richard Orlando What is the technology you are using to make the most important family wealth decisions that impact your legacy? This is the second part in the series on legacy planning. During the first part of the series, I defined what legacy planning is and what it is not and what I shared was that legacy planning isn’t …

Investor Education: Tax and Estate Planning – Minimizing Taxes in a Taxable Estate

By Wayne Cooper Today we are going to discuss minimizing taxes in a taxable estate. The two transactions we are going to discuss are low interest rate loans to children and Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts or GRATs. For purposes of these transactions, the IRS establishes a monthly hurdle rate. If these rates or greater are used in these transactions, then the …

Investor Education – Tax & Estate Planning: Restricting a Beneficiary’s Access to Principal

By Wayne Cooper There are two ways a beneficiary can access principal of a trust. A beneficiary may be entitled to an automatic distribution or an allowable withdrawal from the trust or a trustee could have discretion in making distributions to the beneficiary.  In the past, many estate planning lawyers would provide a beneficiary access to trust principal on attaining certain ages. …

Investor Education: Restricting Your Children’s Access to Trust Income

By Wayne Cooper Today we are going to discuss restricting your children’s access to trust income. Trust income is generally the income earned by the trust in the form of interest and dividends. Parents today are concerned the large inheritance will not empower their children to succeed but instead could enable their children to sit back and do nothing other than …