Readers here in Sacramento may have seen a recent financial editorial about inheritance, and the people who are faced with tough decisions about where their money should go after their death. This isn't a dilemma for the super-wealthy or those with a substantial estate, this is an issue that affects nearly everyone who has assets and wishes for their distribution when they pass on.
People in California may be surprised to hear that, even in this economy, a recent survey has shown that well over half of all retirees do in fact have enough money saved up to provide an inheritance to heirs and loved ones. In fact, nearly two-thirds of this generation of retirees plan to leave money or other assets in their wills. The amount of all of this inheritance is pretty staggering as well. According to the study, future inheritance from retirees could tally up to over $6 trillion collectively.
People in California perhaps read a recent editorial about the importance of preparing the next generation of heirs for their inheritance. The article makes some excellent points about why it's extremely important for people with a substantial estate to educate their heirs, and perhaps even involve them in the estate planning process where appropriate.
People in California may have seen a recent financial news article about inheritance, and how people who are lucky enough to receive an inheritance plan on using it. In a recent survey of people under the age of 60 who expected to inherit money or assets, most people said they would use the money to save for their own retirement.
People in California may have seen a recent news story about the fight over public employee pensions. The article discussed a pension reform gathering that took place earlier this year in Sacramento, and the possible implications that bringing pension reform to California could have on the state's bottom line as well as the government workers who are entitled to benefits under the program.
People in California may have heard about a recent tax policy change that could provide some peace of mind for same-sex couples across the state. Same-sex marriage has been a hot-button topic here in California and in many other states, and shifting laws and regulations have made tax and estate planning a veritable nightmare for same-sex couples who have faced tremendous uncertainty in their own financial futures.
Residents in California know that estate planning can be very complicated. This is especially true due to increasing taxes and a number of changes to state and federal law that make shielding your hard-earned money from unnecessary taxation extremely difficult. Estate planning isn't a one-time deal. It's something that people with substantial estates need to take seriously and revisit frequently, especially as their personal and family situation evolves. The changes in California and federal law leave the unaware vulnerable to massive tax increases.
People in California probably know about James Gandolfini, the actor most-well-known for his turn as Tony Soprano on the hit television show. When he unexpectedly died at the relatively young age of 51, people mourned the loss of this talented man, but soon afterwards the attention turned to the controversies surrounding his estate plan.
People in California know that the Supreme Court handed down a tremendously important decision last month overturning Proposition 8. Proposition 8, the voter initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages within the state, was effectively nullified by the Supreme Court's decision, which has now cleared the way for same-sex marriages to legally resume all over California.
People in California know that the Great Recession has been hard on many families, as unemployment rates have skyrocketed, and tax increases have resulted in a tremendous decimation of wealth across nearly every generation. People may be surprised to find out that older Americans have received a disproportionately high amount of this burden.