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Estate planning to protect your business in a blended family

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2023 | Estate Planning News

Estate planning can be complicated when you own a construction business. But those matters can become even more complex when you’re in a blended family, as you’ll probably want to find a way to provide for both your spouse and your children from another relationship.

Yet, all too often small business owners forego estate planning, which could put your loved ones at risk of missing out on the financial support that you intend for them to have.

Tips for effective estate planning in a blended family

If you don’t have an estate plan or your estate plan is lacking, then your spouse could end up inheriting all your assets, including your business, without any obligation to support or pass those assets down to your children from another relationship. If you want to avoid that result, then you might want to consider these estate planning options:

  • A remainder trust where your spouse gets to enjoy your assets during their lifetime with any remaining assets passing to your children upon your spouse’s passing.
  • Clearly dividing assets in your will so that your spouse and your children receive the amount of support that you want.
  • Gifting assets to your children while you’re still alive, although you’ll be limited in the extent that you can use this method
  • A marital bypass trust provides support to your spouse while restricting their access and control over the trust’s assets while naming your children as additional beneficiaries.
  • Life insurance policies that name your children as the beneficiary, which will provide them with direct compensation upon your passing.

Don’t let a bad estate plan leave your loved ones in a tough position

A poorly executed estate plan can lead to bad outcomes, including distribution that’s contrary to your wishes and familial infighting.

Fortunately, you can avoid all of that by developing a strong estate plan that suits your needs. If you’d like to learn more about how to go about doing that, then we encourage you to continue reading up on what the estate planning process has to offer.