GMB #131: Everything You Need to Know About Digital Estate Planning With Hannah

Have you ever thought about what happens to your social media accounts when you pass away? Do you consider yourself familiar with the legal frameworks that need to be put in place to ensure your spouse has access to all of your online accounts? Our guest this week is Hannah Shakin, an attorney in Downey Brand’s estate planning department. Hannah is a qualified estate planning, probate, and trust administration specialist. Throughout the episode, Hannah shares her insight on the ins and outs of digital estate planning, as well as how you can protect yourself from making the common mistakes she sees regularly in her practice.   

 

 

Show Notes

[02:15] Hannah’s Background – Hannah shares her background and describes what she does on a day-to-day basis at her practice. 

[04:42] Digital Estate Planning – Hannah describes both the evolution and the current state of digital estate planning.  

[15:33] RUFADAA – Hannah details the elements of The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.  

[19:45] Facebook – Hannah discusses social media accounts, and what happens to them when you pass.  

[23:47] Digital Assets – Hannah defines what is considered a digital asset and explains why it is vital to establish a living trust to avoid probate.  

[35:49] More on Estate Planning – Hannah explains why individuals must modify their estate plans, and shares which assets will or will not be passed into a trust.  

[44:41] Contingency Planning – Hannah discusses the importance of your exit strategy aligning with your estate plan.  

[47:28] Common Mistakes – Hannah identifies the most common mistakes that she sees business owner’s make in her practice.  

[52:24] IRA and Trust – Hannah elaborates on various facets of individual retirement accounts and trusts. 

 

Resources

Selling a Family Business: Preparing for a Transformational Event

It’s generally thought that there are several cycles that reflect where a business is in preparedness for a sale. These capture the economy, the market, and the mindset and planning of the business owners.

From an economic standpoint, the liquidity cycle is the one that matters. This cycle gauges the amount of available liquidity and the current appetite of investors to invest in companies.1 With record amounts of cash sloshing around looking for investments and interest rates continuing to be low, the liquidity cycle is currently at an advantageous point, and looks poised to remain so.While getting the right price is clearly a big consideration, there are a lot of other things to think through that are just as important.

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Estate Planning for Small Business Owners

Building a business is all about taking risk. You put your belief in yourself, your money, time, and more on the line to create something that can grow and succeed. But whether your business will fund your retirement plan, or you hope to create a multi-generational family enterprise, there’s one area of risk you shouldn’t be taking.

If you own a business, you need an estate plan. And not just any plan. It needs to cover your wealth and safeguard your family. It also needs to ensure that the business can carry on or that there is an orderly plan for a sale or wind-down.

You’ll most likely need to consult with a financial advisor, a trust and estates attorney, and a tax accountant to get a comprehensive plan in place.

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GMB Ep #110: Navigating Family Business Successions With Stephen Shortt

 

A lack of succession planning can have disastrous consequences for a business, especially when your business is family owned and operated. This week on Grow Money Business, Stephen Shortt, an expert in family business succession planning, is joining us to share his experience and wisdom. Stephen has worked in his two-family businesses for most of his adult life and childhood, and as a result, he is familiar with the ups and downs associated with transitioning between generations. Throughout the episode, he delves into the framework needed to navigate family business successions successfully. 

 

 

Show Notes

[03:35] Stephen’s Background – Stephen introduces himself and provides an overview of his current work. 

[07:13] First Step – Stephen explains where to begin to ensure a seamless and successful family succession.  

[11:31] Mindsets – Stephen talks about three critical mindsets for succession planning 

[15:28] Personal Experience – Stephen shares his personal experience on his family business and how their transitions were handled.  

[19:27] Succession Strategy – Stephen broadly describes the succession strategy for a family business. 

[22:00] Challenges – Stephen explains overcoming various adversities during the succession process. 

[26:30] Family Board – Stephen expresses his thoughts on the importance of having a family board. 

[28:44] Five P’s – Stephen discusses the “five P’s” framework for navigating family business successions 

Resources

Website: successfulsuccession.com/ 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/stephenshortt/ 

GMB Ep #106: Business Exit Planning With Scott Snider

 

Many business owners eventually come to the point where they will be moving on from the business they passionately built over the years, and having a good exit strategy will help them navigate this important and intimate event in their journey of entrepreneurship. This week on Grow Money Business, we have a distinguished guest, Scott Snider, the President and the co-owner of the Exit Planning Institute (EPI)Scott is an industry leader, growth expert, and entrepreneur. Throughout the episode, he discusses how he assists company owners in developing substantial businesses while also aligning their own financial objectives and personal purposes. He also explains several vital factors that every business owner should consider when exiting their company. 

 

 

Show Notes

[03:26] Current Role – Scott talks about his current role and how he helps with business exit planning. 

[06:40] Perfect Exit – Scott shares his insights about the perfect exit to a business owner who is about to do so in a few years. 

[10:23] Emotional Hurdles – Scott expresses his thoughts on managing psychology and people’s emotional hurdles along the business exit process. 

[14:12] CEPA – CEPA is an acronym for Certified Exit Planning Advisor. Scott gives a brief explanation for the entire CEPA process. 

[18:54] Exit Strategy for Young Entrepreneurs – Scott leaves a message to all the young business owners out there. 

[20:21] Scott’s Story- Scott emphasizes the significance of not letting your business define you while sharing his story and takeaways from his past experience. 

[29:35] Family Business – Explaining the nature of the family business, Scott shares how he and his father work together in their family business. 

[41:43] Vision – CEPA is suitable for any advisor who wants to learn how to help an owner position their company for a successful and significant exit. Scott broadly talks about the vision of the Exit Planning Institute. 

[47:43] Future Plans – Having explained the concept of the wealth gap, Scott explains the future plans for his business. 

[53:33] Research Findings -Scott shares details about one of his recent researches and exciting factors they discovered through it. 

Resources

Connect With Scott: 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/scott-snider-epi/ 

Website: exit-planning-institute.org 

Facebook : facebook.com/exitplanninginstitute/ 

Instagram: instagram.com/exitplanninginstitute/ 

 

 

Mentioned in the Episode:  

Certified Exit Planning Advisor: exit-planning-institute.org/program/certified-exit-planning-advisor/ 

Owner Readiness: exit-planning-institute.org/state-of-owner-readiness/ 

Every Family’s Business by Tom Deans: https://everyfamiliesbusiness.com/book/ 

Traction by Gino Wickman: https://www.audible.com/pd/Traction-Audiobook/B00A9ZO7T6 

GMB Ep #96: 5 Year End Financial Moves to Make With the Tax Bill Looming

 

As we covered in the previous episode of Grow Money Business, the House Ways & Means Committee recently released proposed tax reform legislation that brings significant changes to the current levels of taxation. This week, Grant dives into five strategies you can utilize to take advantage of the substantial changes introduced by the proposed tax bill and reduce your tax liability. Throughout the episode, Grant reviews some of the sections of the tax code that will likely be updated by the new legislation and actions you can take within this year to make the best of the current tax code.

 

 

Show Notes

[01:52] Background and Progress – Grant starts the conversation with a brief review of the previous episode, explaining why he believes that the proposed tax bill is more likely to be passed in its current form.

[06:11] Profit Distributions From S-Corps  – The new proposed legislation reforms a set of provisions that will tax S-Corporations’ profit distribution at a higher rate. Grant emphasizes the necessity of delaying expenses and increasing the income for this year.

[08:51] Estate Taxation – Grant dives into the effects of the proposed provisions for estate taxation, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and how to take advantage of the current thresholds and exemptions

[13:15] Grantor Trust – The proposed legislation includes some provisions that take away some of the planning opportunities related to trusts that are currently available for taxpayers. Grant shares his take on how to prepare for these upcoming changes.

[18:14] Family Limited Partnership – Grant shares his thoughts on taking advantage of a family limited partnership’s marketability and minority ownership discounts for estate planning.

[23:22] Roth Conversions – The new legislation comes with several changes to the Roth conversions. Grant discusses the importance of the pro-rata rule, which you need to keep in mind if you’re planning to do a Roth conversion of pre-tax dollars.

[33:01] High-Income Earners – High-income earners will have to pay higher tax rates with the proposed tax bill. Grant scrutinizes the necessity of having fewer deductions to increase the income under the current tax rate.

 

Resources

​Ep #95 – We Have a New Tax Bill [And It’s a Whopper]
growmoneybusiness.com/podcast/we-have-a-new-tax-bill-and-its-a-whopper

GMB Ep #95: We Have a New Tax Bill [And It’s a Whopper]

 

The House Ways & Means Committee recently released proposed tax reform legislation that brings major changes to the current levels of taxation, including reversals of several provisions introduced in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. We dedicated this episode to exploring what this new proposal includes and some of the key aspects of the proposal that may interest our listeners. Throughout the episode, Grant dives deep into proposed provisions related to retirement, new tax brackets, business tax, tax on cryptocurrency, estate planning, and more.

 

 

Show Notes

[02:19] Background and Progress – Grant starts the conversation with a brief review of what led to this new proposed piece of legislation, its current status, and the path to getting it signed into law.

[08:16] Roth IRA Conversions – The proposed tax bill calls to prohibit Roth IRA conversions on after-tax contributions, which has been a very convenient maneuver for tax planning. Grant shares his thoughts on what to keep in mind if you’re considering a Roth IRA conversion.

[12:35] High-Income Earners – The new tax bill also brings provisions to restrict high-income earners from doing any Roth IRA conversions starting from 2031. Grant dives into the reasoning behind this, why this provision is proposed to come into effect ten years from now, and some other restrictions that apply to high-income earners.

[16:27] Mandatory Distributions – How the proposed new legislation mandates taking money out of your retirement accounts if the total value of all your retirement accounts exceeds a given threshold.

[20:00] Tax Brackets and Rates – Grant dives into how the tax brackets and applicable tax rates are updated in the proposed legislation and proposed changes to taxation on capital gains.

[27:47] Ultra-high Income – Grant shares his take on the 3 percent surtax proposed to apply for people who make over $5 million.

[29:47] Surtax on Trusts – The proposed legislation also brings provisions to add a surtax on trusts. Grant talks about the proposed tax brackets and rates related to trusts and what you should keep in mind when considering estate planning.

[31:08] Business Tax – How the proposed tax bill affects businesses depending on the type of business entity and some of the planning opportunities that emerge with the new proposal.

[35:35] Business Income Deductions – The new proposed legislation reforms a set of provisions related to business deductions that are introduced in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Grant explains some of these reforms and what business owners should keep in mind about tax planning.

[39:02] Cryptocurrency Assets – Some of the tax-related legislations that apply to other assets such as stocks and bonds do not currently apply to cryptocurrency assets. Grant shares his thoughts on how that may change in the new proposed tax bill and what crypto investors show know about the new tax bill.

[42:26] Estate Planning – Another provision in the proposed tax bill brings some significant changes to taxes related to estate planning. Grant dives into what these updates include and what you should keep in mind about taking advantage of the current thresholds and exemptions.

 

Resources

https://waysandmeans.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/chairman-neal-announces-additional-days-markup-build-back-better-act

Episode 69: Interest Rates Are Rising....Does That Mean You Should Adjust Your Bond Allocation?

Episode #66: Yes You Do Need an Estate Plan With Tammi Caress

This week on Grow Money Business we have another distinguished guest: Tammi Caress. Tammi is an estate planning attorney, and the founder of Caress Law, P.C.. Throughout the episode, we dive deep into the process of estate planning, why it’s important for any adult to have an estate plan in place, things to consider when selecting what to include in your estate, and what provisions to include in your plan for both while you’re alive and after you pass. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Tammy shares some tips & tricks you can use to minimize estate taxes.Continue reading

Episode 69: Interest Rates Are Rising....Does That Mean You Should Adjust Your Bond Allocation?

Episode #59: Everything You Need to Know About Buying & Selling Small Businesses With Greg K Williams

 

In today’s episode, we have another distinguished guest: Greg K Williams. Greg is a certified mergers & acquisitions professional who has years of experience helping business owners and buyers through the process of selling or buying a business. Throughout the episode, Greg shares his wisdom on the process of selling a business from both a seller’s and a buyer’s perspective, common ways you can boost what you get from a business, and several other things you should know if you’re interested in buying or selling a business.Continue reading

6 Reasons Basic Estate Planning is So Important for Business Owners

In general I am not a fan of “listicles”.  They feel like a cheap, click-baity, headline grabbing way to produce content and drive traffic to your website.  Reading them can feel…yucky.  So I typically try to avoid publishing them.  I care greatly about the integrity of this site, and avoid content that I don’t think is genuinely valuable.

Recently I’ve run across a number business owners who’ve done ZERO estate planning.  No idea who steps in to run their business if they’re not around.  No will.  No trust.  Nothing.

This is pretty common, unfortunately.  Hundreds of thousands of small businesses out there have done no estate or succession planning.  A study of 200 by Wilmington Trust found that 58% had no plan in place whatsoeverI’ve written on this subject recently.  Because this is such an important topic, I’m going to break my rule about listicles today to drive the point home.  (Hey, in moderation they can be an effective way to communicate.  Who doesn’t like digestible, bite sized snippets?).

Here are my top six reasons estate planning is so important for business owners.

 

 #1: You & Your Family Probably Depend On It

For most business owners I speak with about financial matters, a substantial portion of their net worth consists the equity in their business.  And when I say substantial, I mean up to 75-80%.  Without any type of plan in place, there’s a very high likelihood that the value of this equity dissolves entirely if you become incapacitated or die unexpectedly.

Even if you have a long term disability insurance policy in place, losing the equity in your business would probably have a significant financial impact on your family.  Having a succession plan in place in just in case something does happen is the only way to preserve your equity.  And therefore your family’s balance sheet.

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