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Why Use a Trust? Because 1/3 of Beneficiaries Blow Their Inheritance

More than 30% of Americans who received an inheritance had negative savings within 2 years – meaning they spent or lost all of it.

According to an Ohio State University researcher (anyone who knows me knows how painful it is for me to give credit for anything to someone from Ohio State – GO BLUE!) Americans will transfer approximately $4 trillion in wealth by 2022, which means nearly $2 trillion of it will be essentially wasted. Newfound wealth seems to be less important than hard-earned cash.

How do you prevent your beneficiaries from wasting the assets you’ve worked your life for? Trust-based planning is the most effective way to put controls on the distribution of your assets. It’s much more tempting for someone who receives a lump-sum distribution to blow it. If that same person received small incrimental distributions over time, it’s more likely that they’re use it as extra income or for something important. Inheritance can be like winning the lottery – and you’ve surely seen plently of examples of how large sums of lottery winnings can ruin someone’s life.

Do what’s right for your estate and your beneficiaries – don’t use lump-sum distributions!

Author Bio

Paul Yokabitus

Paul Yokabitus is the CEO and Managing Partner of Cary Estate Planning, a Cary, NC, estate planning law firm. With years of experience in estate and elder law, he has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid planning, estate administration, and other cases.

Paul received his Juris Doctor from the Campbell University School of Law and is a North Carolina Bar Association member. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named among the “Best Attorney in Cary” in 2016 and 2017 by Cary News and Rising Star in 2020-2023 by Super Lawyers.

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