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4 Key Questions About Family Wealth

When I work with families with higher net worth, they often ask the same questions about how to handle their wealth. Their questions generally cover the following 4 key areas:

  1. If I pass on wealth to my family, how will it affect them?
  2. How will my family manage the affairs of my estate and any ongoing management issues?
  3. Should I tell my children how much money I have in my estate?
  4. How should I treat the in-laws—should I treat them as equals or should I have a contingency plan for divorce?

As a point of discussion, let’s take question three: do you believe you should tell your children about how much is in your estate? If your answer is yes, two further questions follow: when should you tell them, and how specific should you be?

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About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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