Posted on | December 10, 2010 | 2 Comments
Once you get over the initial surprise of having been included in a will and you are now thinking of what to do with what has been bequeathed to you, there is bound to be a lot of confusion with so many ideas going through your head as well as others that will be coming from family and friends. It is important to give serious thought to your inheritance planning. Inheritance like all other privileges comes with its fair share of responsibility and you need to make the best of it. Here are a few tips that will help you as you plan for your inheritance.
Give yourself enough time. Do not rush yourself or accept to be rushed by others to make rash decisions concerning you inheritance. It is very likely that you were not expecting the money or property you have inherited and it is therefore important that you give enough time or you may end up making costly mistakes by rushing into things.
Another thing to avoid is giving too much information to many people as regards your inheritance. There will be people who may have a clue that you inherited some money or property but you do not need to give them the details. Not everyone means well and you could find yourself in trouble as a result of people you gave too much information misusing it.
It is also important to get yourself professional financial planning advice on how to manage your inheritance. There are lawyers and accountants who are well versed in inheritance planning and inheritance tax planning and they can competently help you design a plan that will see you benefit long term from your newly acquired wealth.
Make sure you appreciate whatever you get. Some people will look at what they have inherited as very little, once you take this line of thought it is very difficult to make any meaningful use of the little you have been given. You should be very grateful since there are many people who live their lives and never get to inherit anything.
Finally, make sure you enjoy your inheritance. This does not mean you should squander it on meaningless purchases, but remember to include something you enjoy into your inheritance planning. It may be a trip you have always wanted to take or a treat that you always wanted for you and your family. Whatever it may be just make sure that it does not take up the biggest portion of your inheritance, but it should be there.