- Encourage them to utilize a prenuptial agreement: Properly executed, a premarital agreement can help establish and protect the inheritance rights of your heirs. A well drafted agreement secures your child’s inherited wealth (including heirlooms, business shares, real estate, etc.) from becoming communal or marital property ensuring that it remains in the birth family and does not pass to the family of a divorced spouse.
- Leverage the protective power of a trust: The best way to structure a safe wealth transfer to shield your family’s inheritance in case of divorce is via a trust. You can activate a trust while you are living, or have it created for the time of your passing. A trust is a legal relationship that maintains your ownership of an asset on behalf of your beneficiary. It can provide taxation, matrimonial, and credit protection.
- Outright distribution titled and maintained in your child’s name: Have your child take the proper steps to keep inherited assets segregated from marital holdings. Avoid titling the assets in joint names. This method is complex and less effective than a trust.
In order to safeguard your legacy, seek the assistance of qualified Trust and Estate Practitioners. They can tailor a trust to fit you and your family’s specific requirements in protecting the legacy of your bloodline in case of divorce.
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