In the financial industry, we encounter clients in a variety of professions, educational backgrounds and unique family dynamics. Each has a different reason as to why they have made the decision to seek the help and guidance of a financial professional. Whether it be an influx in wealth, a transition in a business, the need to focus on their profession/family and don’t have the time, etc. There is a common theme that we see across all clients, and that is in most cases their number one priority is ensuring that their loved ones are looked after in the event that something were to happen to them.
That is why here at Waldron, we make an extensive effort to work with the next generation of the family in not just preparing them for wealth, but also educating them on the basic finance skills needed in their early adulthood.
Our holistic team approach at Waldron gives us the ability to provide the resources to the next-gen so that they have their own dedicated team member to help them as they encounter the financial hurdles of early adulthood. This ranges from a wide variety of areas that we see on a daily basis such as building credit, making investment decisions, health care & retirement plan options with an employer, good debt vs. bad debt, etc., all the way to the more serious topics such as creating wills and powers of attorney, estate planning, and pre-nuptial agreements. These are often areas that are not typically taught to young adults and can be detrimental to their overall financial structure without the proper guidance.
When thinking about estate planning, we tend to immediately approach the subject as WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME when thinking of the next-gen group. As if The next-gen group is only interested in what will they inherit, how much will be in their trust accounts, who is getting the cars, jewelry, etc. This often worries parents because most people want to see their children become productive members of society and do not want the family’s wealth to disincentive them. As a result, parents often choose to not discuss it. We have seen this go very poorly in many situations when the Next-Gen is uneducated on wealth & inherits a large sum of assets. Or in other instances, when they assume they are going to inherit a substantial amount of wealth and have made life decisions based on that assumption, and ultimately do not inherit what they anticipated.
These are all reasons why we have the approach that it is best to educate the next gen and approach this conversation from a different angle. Do we have any discussions designed around the “what happens in an emergency situation?” Where are all the important documents? Who makes all financial or medical decisions? Have your parents appointed a power of attorney if they become incapacitated (Alzheimer’s, coma, car accident, COVID-19 etc.)? Who is paying their bills if this happens? Where are their passwords to access accounts? Burial or cremation? In a sense, do clients have their legacy prepared to be properly managed once they are no longer around?
This is quite the emotional “pain-point” discussion for clients to have with their spouses and their children, which can create stress and panic. Having the discussions and being prepared BEFORE is far less difficult than being confronted with these issues DURING an emotional time. That is why we work with families from all different backgrounds to work towards a smooth transition of their legacy to the next generation.
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