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Probate Lawyer's Guide to Managing Your Inheritance

Posted by Susan A. Katzen | Aug 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Inheriting assets is a mix of honor and responsibility. As an Orange County probate lawyer, I've seen many people unprepared for the implications of managing their inheritance. The inclination to treat an inheritance as "bonus" money is common, but there are many pragmatic ways to use these funds for future benefits.

Integrating Inheritance into Your Financial Plan

When you inherit assets, it's important to evaluate how they fit into your financial plan. Are you saving for a significant purchase, trying to settle debts, or building a retirement nest egg? Each of these goals could be bolstered by the thoughtful allocation of your inherited funds.

Understanding Tax Implications

Inheritance often comes with tax implications. To minimize the taxes you might owe when reinvesting or utilizing your inheritance, consider consulting with your Orange County probate lawyer. The kind of inheritance you receive and the rules governing it will largely determine the taxes applicable.

For instance, many people are unaware that inherited retirement accounts like 401(k)s or IRAs require withdrawals within a specified time frame. Failure to understand and adhere to these rules can result in hefty penalties.

Disclaiming Your Inheritance

In certain scenarios, you might choose to renounce your inheritance, either for altruistic reasons or to protect your tax situation. Working with your Orange County probate lawyer, you can properly disclaim your inheritance. This process allows the money to "flow" through you to another beneficiary, potentially even one of your children.

Getting Help

Managing your inheritance is far from straightforward; it involves more than simply receiving cash and carrying on. To minimize confusion and determine the most beneficial approach to managing your inheritance, consider working with an Orange County probate lawyer.

Our experienced team is ready to answer your questions and assist you in achieving your financial goals. To schedule a complimentary planning session, simply call our office at 714-374-2244. With an Orange County probate lawyer on your side, you can navigate your inheritance with confidence.

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Susan A. Katzen

"I firmly believe our clients should be treated the way I would want my own family members to be treated. As a result, not only have I put together a compassionate and highly skilled team of people, but together we have served families from the grandparents down to the grandchildren. My staff and...


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