When a parent leaves an inheritance as a legacy for their children, the intent is always to secure their future. Statistics tell us that 1-in-3 heirs end up blowing all the money, rather than stewarding it well. Earning and keeping are two drastically different skillsets, and having advice and counsel is essential to manage wealth well. But what would happen if all the advice in the world was basically useless? What would happen if you knew you were going to inherit but had your hands tied?
Today, I have an interesting story about what happens when an inheritance rattles the future, rather than securing it. It is truly a tale of good intentions gone awry. In this interview, my client, who will be known only as “Annie”, tells the story of inheriting $4M from her parents. Annie shares everything she has had to go through just to get her hands on the money that was rightfully hers. Even though her parents took the time to have a trust drafted, she never found the actual trust documents and had to go through the probate courts to have assets transferred to her name.
This is a cautionary tale to people everywhere of the high costs on the people you love if your estate plan is incomplete! Also, Annie had strong emotions about the money to overcome—before she inherited money she lived paycheck to paycheck, and even marched on Occupy Wall Street. Listen to find out if her perspective on wealth has evolved as she inherited.
This is a very moving and vulnerable story. It reminds me that a legacy is an incredible gift, but it is also a heavy weight to bear. I know you will come away from Annie’s story with a lot to think about, (and hopefully, let someone know the location of your Will when you’re through!)
What You Will Learn In This Episode:
• We start from the beginning: Annie always knew she would inherit money.
• Money and inheritance were abstract.
• Annie feels like she almost exchanged her parents for the money.
• How the whole trouble with the trust started.
• Lawyers don’t always have a copy of the trust.
• The time it takes and the uncertainty that follows a missing trust.
• How Annie has managed the pain and fear over the inheritance.
• Annie’s early days living paycheck to paycheck taught her about what it means to be “enough.”
• All about some of the technical aspects of inheritance.
• Annie’s vision for her life with this inheritance.
• Money has an effect on people. Learn how Annie’s social life has shifted.
• How to ensure people in your life has copies of your will.
• What Annie is planning to do with her story.
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When we think about a hero’s journey, it’s tempting to play up the sweeping dramatic moments and downplay the mundane or sacrificial choices they make to reach that hero status. I have a story for you today that doesn’t pull punches but is just as heroic as any grand adventure we might read about. When I first heard Jackie B’s story, I could feel the strings of my heart being pulled in a million directions. Yes, Jackie is currently living out her dreams, but she had to make hard choices and take calculated risks to get there. To hear her tell it will tug at your emotions in the best way because she is living proof that you can come to your own rescue. Are you ready to feel empowered?
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This week I'm speaking with Kelly, whose lax money habits from her early 20s landed her in a stressful 25-year cycle of debt and uncertainty. Now, having sought help to finally improve her understanding of money and establish healthy spending and saving, she's debt-free.
This episode is a great one for anybody wrestling with feelings of failure or inadequacy around money, but it's also educational for you parents out there who are wondering how to ensure that your children don't grow up with a sense of entitlement around finances.
In the interview, Kelly takes us through her early money memories and the reasons she hated focusing on money. She talks about what those 25 years of constant debt were like, and how she finally reached out to a financial coach who helped her reform her treatment of money.
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Conversations about money are never easy, and talking to kids about money is no exception! This is one of the topics I get asked about most about, so I am thrilled to be able to bring to you the excellence and expertise of an incredible guest. If you are a parent or caregiver, your top priority is to make sure the child in your life is set up to succeed well into adulthood. Perhaps you have made some money mishaps that you insure your kids against. Maybe you just want to be proactive and start those money conversations early. Regardless of your motivation, it’s time to think critically about how to pass on smart money principles to the little ones.
My guest today is Neale Godfrey, an incredible asset to any parent thinking about money conversations with their children. Neale owns and operates Money For Life, and is the author of 27 books dealing with money, life skills, and important values. Neale was one of the first female executives at Chase, and is founded Children’s Financial Network INC. If all of those credentials don’t convince you Neale knows what she’s talking about, then her direct style of communication will.
Neale knows the only foolproof way to ensure that your financial legacy passes on to your children is to talk about it. Today, she will impart to you all the skills and strategies you need to have these difficult conversations. Whether your children are still little or entering into adulthood, Neale can share with you just what you need to set them up for success.
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