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Planning Mistakes of the Wealthy, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA


Many wealthy people think they are immune from making estate planning mistakes. That thought is their first mistake. They often commit many more.

When it comes to estate planning most wealthy people have heard about mistakes that other wealthy people have made. They all tend to think they would never make the same mistakes.

However, the wealthy make the same mistakes over and over again, so the most common mistakes are worth repeating in the hopes they will sink in through repetition.

Recently, the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog published an article titled “Five Estate Planning Mistakes Made By the Wealthy.”

The list includes:

  • Not Making an Estate Plan at all – All too often people think they have plenty of time to make an estate plan and wait until it is too late to make one.
  • Lifestyle Inflation – Wealthy people often think they need to spend a lot of money to project their success and often spend too much in the process.
  • Not Paying Taxes on Time – When wealthy people fall behind on their taxes, the fines and penalties can make the wealth disappear quickly.
  • Not Having a Prenuptial Agreement – It is great for wealthy people to assume that a marriage will work out, but they should plan for what will happen if it does not to protect their wealth.
  • Delegating too Many Financial Matters – Using professionals to assist with finances is important, but it is also important to stay involved and know what is happening with their assets.

Don’t fall prey to these otherwise avoidable mistakes.

Contact an experienced estate planning attorney to help you navigate these shoals.

Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (July 18, 2015) “Five Estate Planning Mistakes Made By the Wealthy.”

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