We divide generational wealth planning into two fronts: the current generation and future generations. The younger generations must learn to be good stewards of wealth. And communicating with the current generation can set strong financial fundamentals for the next generation to mimic. If you want to successfully transfer your wealth to your children and grandchildren, talk to your heirs about sound financial habits. We can provide the safe and structured framework for this.
We regularly talk about the “shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in three generations” parable with wealthy families. The typical, blue-collar, first generation works and saves enough money for their children to lead a better life. The second generation goes to work in a suit and teaches their own children to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Unfortunately, when the third generation receives their inheritance, they often blow through that money, incur debt and need to go back to work in shirtsleeves jobs to make ends meet. In almost 90% of families, the third generation squanders wealth. (Read President and COO Phoebe Venable’s Tennessean newspaper column on this subject here.)
To prevent this from happening to your family, we recommend educating heirs to best set them up for future success. Discussing how to manage inheritances can be a touchy subject. But we can help move those conversations along to better avoid wealth-draining traps like entitlement, careless spending and unrealistic expectations. From money camps to individual and family sessions, we love giving children the means to become successful stewards of your wealth.