Legacy Planning: Charles W. Collier’s Wealth in Families

Legacy planning is more than the transfer of wealth, it is the transfer of wealth with a vision and purpose and the ability to maintain the wealth for generations to come. Successful legacy planning stems from success within the family unit. Below is an except from, Charles W. Collier’s, Wealth in Families:

Successful families share effective practices in common.

Successful families make thoughtful choices around their financial wealth and think about the effect of their decisions on the lives of their children and their spouses, and their grandchildren. Most importantly, they talk openly with their children, at age-appropriate times, about all the issues surrounding the family’s wealth.

In my experience, the best practices of successful families include the following:

1. They focus on the human, intellectual, and social capital of their family.

2. They stress the priority of each family member’s individual pursuit of happiness.

3. They work on enhancing intra-family communication.

4. Their time frame for determining success is long-term.

5. They tell and retell the family’s most important stories.

6. They create mentor-like relationships when establishing family trusts.

7. There is a collaboratively defined family vision statement (the Shared Dream).

8. They teach children and grandchildren the competencies and responsibilities that come with financial wealth.

9. They work at getting to really know each family member.

10. They give their younger family members as much responsibility as they can manage as soon as possible.

Of course, no family achieves all of these objectives, but attempting to do so is a goal to which any family can aspire and strive for over a lifetime.

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Integrity Financial Corporation offers a holistic approach to legacy planning and wealth management that is unique and unparallel. We strive to work with families for an effective transfer of wealth from generation to generation by utilizing the above principals. The holistic approach caters to the family and the importance of communication and education, as well as a shared family vision.

At Integrity Financial Corporation, our clients can expect to receive personalized service and expertise, built on a foundation of trust. To contact an advisor and discuss planning your financial legacy, please call us at 1.800.794.4015 or visit our website at www.ifclegacy.com.