If your parents are retiring or already retired, then likely they will need their own retirement savings to maintain their lifestyle. On the other hand, as an entrepreneur you might on the verge of rolling out the next big thing in the marketplace. Should you ask your folks for an early inheritance?
The Wall Street Journal considered this matter in an article titled “Cash-Strapped Entrepreneurs Seek Early Inheritances” with ideas for parents and their entrepreneurial heirs alike.
In an economy starting to show some signs of life, many business plans that have been mothballed are being reconsidered. As an heir, is it ok to want your inheritance now? As a parent, is it ok to give it up early? Well, perhaps "yes" to both.
All parties concerned must be mindful of tax issues, as well as future financial needs that may include planning for retirement, old age, health issues and even the rest of the estate.
Note: Other "interested" parties likely will include any other estate heirs, unless you are an only child.
The original article explores the emotional aspects of this issue, too. Indeed, it can be difficult to ask for an early inheritance and, conversely, it can be difficult being asked for an early inheritance.
Regardless, whether you are asking or being asked, you will need competent legal, accounting and financial counsel to guide you. You do not want the potentially competing dreams of business success and a secure retirement to turn into nightmares for all concerned in Overland Park or elsewhere.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.For more information about estate planning and to download free tools to help you organize your estate, visit my estate planning website.
Reference: The Wall Street Journal (August 19, 2013) “Cash-Strapped Entrepreneurs Seek Early Inheritances”