Providing for grandchildren’s college expenses is becoming an important estate planning goal for many families. Many people see it as one of the best ways to contribute to the overall health of future generations. 529 college savings plans are a very useful tool to accomplish this goal, but only if you know what they are and do not have misconceptions about them.
529 savings plans are very simple investment tools. However, they are very powerful tools, too. Done right they can help one person provide funds for someone else to afford higher education, oftentimes parents or grandparents helping their younger family members.
These savings plans are an important part of many modern estate plans as they provide the necessary education funds when they are needed. Nevertheless, many people have many misunderstandings about these plans.
U.S. News and World Report recently published a list of these common misunderstandings in an article titled “8 Common Misconceptions About 529 Plans.”
The list of misconceptions includes:
If you would like to make a 529 plan part of your estate plan, contact an experienced estate planning attorney to talk about it.
These plans might benefit your family and be better than other ways to provide for the education of younger family members.
Reference: U.S. News and World Report (November 24, 2014) “8 Common Misconceptions About 529 Plans“
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