Levels of Estate Planning
What is Basic, Intermediate, and Complex Estate Planning? How do I
determine which area of estate planning I need?
First, prior to making any determination as to the extent of estate
planning required for any client, the Firm reviews the Estate
Plan Record. This record is the foundation for identifying the
tools and techniques to be used, regardless of the level or complexity
Undeniably, understanding the extent of assets, tax laws and a
myriad of regulations, complex concepts, and the tools and techniques
that may be used to reduce or eliminate estate taxes can be confusing.
In an over simplification, divide your estate planning into three
levels to conceptualize your estate planning needs:
- Basic we identify and
valuing assets, make a reasonable prediction about possible estate
tax liability, and draft a Will and other documents accordingly.
for an estate that is likely to be subject to the estate tax,
we focus on reducing the size of your taxable estate.
- Complex for an estate
that will be subject to estate tax, we apply even more sophisticated
techniques to minimize your tax liability.
This is only a broad overview and the boundaries between basic,
intermediate, and complex estate planning are not hard and fast.
Each of these three levels build on each other, and the tools and
techniques may be used across these boundaries depending on the
nature of your assets and your plans for disposing of your estate.
In all cases, we will use the tools and techniques necessary to
help carry out your wishes and minimize your taxes.