Transferring your wealth
The goal: transferring your wealth
“One of our biggest concerns is passing on a real financial legacy to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Leaving a legacy for future generations is a central goal for many who have achieved wealth in their lifetime. Unfortunately, retaining control over how your wealth is distributed to future generations can be a challenge. Today's multigenerational family is likely to be a multi-national family and this can also increase the complexities of inheriting wealth.
There are solutions, however. Your financial professional can work with you to create a comprehensive strategy for you to control the way you pass on your wealth, efficiently and according to your wishes.
Meet Jing and Alex Chung-Sun
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Over many decades, Alex Chung-Sun has built a manufacturing business that is now worth USD 50 million. A widower who brought up two children after his first wife died nearly 20 years ago, Alex has recently become a grandfather of three and is also now raising two more young children with his second wife, Jing.
Alex has begun thinking about a financial legacy for his young and adult children, grandchildren and beyond. However, he has been finding unexpected complexity at every turn, and needs a roadmap to reach multiple goals.
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Alex has a number of wealth transfer goals, and he wants to feel confident that all of them will come to fruition:
- He wants to be able to pass on a substantial amount of wealth to his daughter and her family who live abroad.
- Jing and Alex are concerned about inheritance and other taxes, including legal, accounting and administrative fees and expenses, and, in the case of an unforeseen event, want to be sure they have the liquid assets needed to cover them. They also want to ensure they maintain enough liquidity to provide their two young children with the best educational opportunities.
- Alex and Jing want to make sure their wealth is fairly and efficiently distributed among all their children and grandchildren according to their wishes.
- Because Alex's first wife died of cancer, Alex and Jing would like to continue to fund research at an international institution in tribute and as part of their legacy.
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An off-shore life insurance solution may help Alex and Jing transfer wealth efficiently to their family precisely how and when they want. This gives Jing and Alex a high level of confidence that an offshore life insurance solution may have these advantages:
- The transfer benefit allows Alex and Jing to leave a multigenerational legacy to the people and charitable organizations of their choice in an efficient manner.
- The access benefit provides Alex and Jing's survivors the liquidity they need to pay estate taxes and other expenses.
- The preservation benefit helps Alex and Jing protect and preserve their wealth to maintain their lifestyle and pass it on to their children and grandchildren. It also guards against potential financial threats to the business that Alex began, which his oldest son is preparing to run.
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