Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

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Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

Category: Heirs and Inheritance Issues

Successful Wealth Transfer

Of all the issues that affluent parents face in planning, none consumes more time and emotional energy than that of inheritances—and for good reason. There is no area of planning that could be more devastating to a family than an ill-conceived or ill-timed inheritance. I have yet to see an inheritance plan with which parents were entirely satisfied when the actual distributions were clearly outlined for them.

Preparing Your Heirs For Their Inheritance

Of all the issues that affluent parents face in planning, none consumes more time and emotional energy than that of inheritances—and for good reason. There is no area of planning that could be more devastating to a family than an ill-conceived or ill-timed inheritance. I have yet to see an inheritance plan with which parents were entirely satisfied when the actual distributions were clearly outlined for them.

Building a Strong Family Tree

Of all the issues that affluent parents face in planning, none consumes more time and emotional energy than that of inheritances—and for good reason. There is no area of planning that could be more devastating to a family than an ill-conceived or ill-timed inheritance. I have yet to see an inheritance plan with which parents were entirely satisfied when the actual distributions were clearly outlined for them.

Inheritances: Oh, What to Do

Of all the issues that affluent parents face in planning, none consumes more time and emotional energy than that of inheritances—and for good reason. There is no area of planning that could be more devastating to a family than an ill-conceived or ill-timed inheritance. I have yet to see an inheritance plan with which parents were entirely satisfied when the actual distributions were clearly outlined for them.

Conducting an Inheritance Fire Drill

It is time well spent for parents, as they contemplate the amount and timing of their heirs’ inheritance, to conduct an “inheritance fire drill”. This exercise can help determine how prepared their heirs are to receive an inheritance, and how well they have thought-out how much of an inheritance is appropriate and when it is best to give it to them.

When You Give You Will Take Away

The statement, “When you give, you will take away” is an intriguing maxim. If you give food to someone, you will take away their hunger. If you give work to a man, you will take away his feeling of uselessness. In the giving, there is always something gained and something lost. What makes this statement anything but simple, however, is that once you go beyond “life essentials,” it is often a considerable challenge to be sure that what you give is good and what you take away is bad.

Don’t Forget Who You Belong To

Do you remember Joseph who, by God’s providence, climbed from being a lowly slave to second-in-command in Potiphar’s house? Life was as good as it could get for Joseph—except for Potiphar’s wife, who wanted Joseph for herself. When she pursued him, Joseph rejected her advances. What caused him to flee the temptation was his awareness of who he belonged to. Remembering this is so critical to living a successful life of stewardship.