A successful wealth transition means the family stays intact and they maintain control of the assets. Ideally, you’d like both. Some families can only achieve one, and some end up with neither.
People often setup their estate plan so that it will avoid tax and preserve wealth, but they’re really not paying attention to the impact of their plan on the next generation. The biggest risk to their assets is not the market or the business or even the competence of the people they have supporting them. It’s actually the people sitting around the dinner table. If they can’t function as a family, then it may end up losing both the family relationships and the family wealth.
Give with a warm heart or a cold hand? It’s a parent’s prerogative on how they plan to spend and gift their wealth. by David Werdiger