Intergenerational wealth, how is it done?

Discussion in 'Wealth Creation & Management' started by Byron, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Byron

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    I've read only a little on inter generational wealth, mainly that the rich (and not too rich) use trusts to pass on business/property assets. I also remember someone saying that assets are passed on to grandchildren instead of children.

    Can anyone shed more light on how wealth is best transferred from generation to generation (as far as common people are concerned)?
     
  2. AngloSaxon

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    Do you follow Nonrecourse's posts in the RE threads? He's probably the expert here.
     
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    Education probably plays a bloody big part.
     
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    Education probably helps a lot as gp said, also abit of grooming from the inheriter to the inheritee because let's face it, someone who has no concept of work/$$$ is going to think they hit the jackpot and blow every last $
     
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    you allow members of the trust to take money out for education, the money is controlled always by the ablest in the family to invest. The family probably grows over the years and so does the trust's wealth. There can be a council that allows for special cases to take some money out such as large medical expenses/litigation etc.. Family meeting elects the ablest based on merit, there wont be much infighting in the family if that person does not get special priviliges(like taking out extra money for himself). The rest of the family or part takes on the part to be council or a watchdog to make sure the leader is investing $ appropriately for the whole family. I guess it would work something like this; maybe i'm wrong
     
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    Ask Gina Rhineheart :)

    But seriously, many of the very rich I've met have inherited their wealth and are in the process of flittering it away. They're neuveaux-rich... and won't last for very long.

    I suspect the truely long-term rich families have covenants on their assests that restrict them from being sold except by a banker or by a concensus of all of the trust members. As the latter is nearly never achievable, these assets can never be sold, however, they can be borrowed against as collatoral (hence the bankers inclusion).

    As such, there's pretty much no other option but to make sound investments and continue to grow the wealth basket based on the existing assets. Further, this growth is diversified into PM's and jewelry, high end, FINE ART and property. The first 2 are relativly portable during a time of crisis (i.e. War) and land title/deeds remain enforceable across generations and political upheaval.

    We are still seeing the decendants of the owners of property resumed by the Soviet State after WW2 having their ancestors property returned to them in the former soviet satellite states (including the former east- Germany).

    I'm pretty sure there are title deeds in the hands of Palestinian families forced off out of their family homes that will someday see the light of a courtroom.
     
  7. Byron

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    Then again it could lead to family feuds ala Gina rineharts recent problems with her children.

    Perhaps non recourse can chime in with some estate planning ideas.
     
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    I have not done to much of mine, however in a couple of cases of asset groups, I have left them to people or organisations outside the family, as no-one in the family would appreciate them, and they are not small asset amounts either, given I expect this will cause a shitfight to put it nicely I to would like some ideas on locking this up
     
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    How long before intergenerational wealth like intergenerational power becomes a thing of the past?
     
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    I've knew an old money family from England. Due to their land holdings and tenancy arrangements they never actually worked in the true sense of the word. Just hung around with middle class allowance incomes in lovely suburbs with little to do except socialising, sport and adventure. They've been going the same way for many generations now. Same accounting firm has managed the families interests now for over 150 years.
     
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    Parasitical.
     
  12. mmm....shiney!

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    @Byron, you need to get your children involved in whatever it is you are passing down to them if you wish to create intergenerational wealth. They can't just get it when you die, they have to have inputted some blood, sweat and tears into establishing that wealth. If you do that then it stands a better chance of succeeding than just gifting them $5million of assets when you cark it.

    We are talking substantial wealth here, not just inheriting the family home or the holiday home but building a family business. Real estate would play a huge part of that plan, say using your SMSF to purchase a commercial premise from which you and your wife run a business. Your children may be a part of that business, or if the property lends itself, then they may rent some office space or a shopfront from you and operate their own business from the property.

    So the first thing you need to do byron (if you haven't already done so) is become self-employed. Then you employ your kids or they get jobs that teach them skills that one day can be used to be self-employed and contribute to the family firm. :)
     
  13. Byron

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    Thanks, that would be ideal but hard to do ATM for several reasons. There is a business I am working in currently (as an employee) that has future potential but upfront costs are high - talking a few hundred 000. Will look into further when funds free up.

    I am interested in the structures and vehicles normal people use to pass on wealth. My wife's boss recently mentioned something about his father having to pay x amount of tax on a family trust. I have the feeling they have accumulated assets in the trust.

    It's not much but Say the family home is worth $2 million one day, and there are 2 or 3 kids. Is it really best to just sell and divide up the proceeds? Or is there a better way? What happens when wives get involved?
     
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    From: http://forums.silverstackers.com/message-628368.html#p628368

    And i've copied this too.

    @Trew, it is impossible to answer the last 2 of your questions, suffice to say that we need to turn our investments and our business plan toward a common goal, we are already considering this. If this is not achievable then all we may leave is RE or maybe shares that pays for our retirement costs and when we die, provides a regular source of supporting income for our children. As far as family arguments go, that can be planned for to some extent with legal assistance, but can only be solved if and when it occurs. By their very nature, it is a fact of life that even the best investment plans fail or go awry, citing possible failure is not reason enough not to at least give it a go. If it was simple or easy, every loser would do it.

    The first two three questions have probably been answered by what I have written, well the answers can be inferred anyway.
     
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    How so? No harm being caused other than rearing the green eyed monster in some. Ahem.

    Byron, ask your local library to get Trust Magic by Dale Gatherum-Goss for a simple but detailed guide to trusts
     
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    They say it takes 3 generations to blow the dough. The third generation is typically the overindulged brats that like to show their money. Don't ask me for examples, i only know second generation brats :)
     
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    I bought that book but it hasn't helped me much.

    Maybe i should actually read it.
     
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    Can't remember where I read it but once read that where major wealth is passed from the generation that created it to the next,
    in 60% of cases it doesn't make it past the 2nd generation and in only 5% is the wealth still intact by the end of the 3rd generation.
     
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    On average that may indeed be the case, but remember as nr always like to remind us, average is awful.

    Again, these are circumstances that can only be dealt with when they arrive with properly set up family governance guidelines. It is impossible to forecast what financial decisions future generations will make with their wealth. Some will gain and some will lose - this is the reality of the world.

    They are not issues that should prevent anyone from wishing to set up a process whereby wealth can be passed on to future generations. Wealth is power and this is something of great value that can be passed onto your kids. The concept of encouraging your children to build their own future and their own wealth rather than using yours is one that is based on a notion of egalitarianism - that is, every one should be given an opportunity to prove themselves and no one should have an advantage over another. We don't live in an egalitarian world - and nor should we.
     

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