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Manage an Inheritance

Manage an Inheritance

Receiving an inheritance can be a welcome financial windfall, but it may also create new challenges in your financial life. Be sure any decisions you make about inherited assets are done with careful preparation.

You may have already received or soon be in a position to inherit assets from a loved one or other benefactor. The question now becomes “what will you do next?” Whether it was expected or not, proper management of an inheritance can be complex. It’s important to carefully assess your inheritance in the context of your overall financial circumstances. U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. can offer products and services to help.

Inheritance Takes Different Forms

The common perception is that inheritance involves money passing to a beneficiary. While that is often the case, you also may inherit other types of assets, such as property, a business, family heirlooms or stocks and bonds. Today, many older Americans have accumulated sizable sums in workplace savings plans such as 401(k) plans or IRAs, and assets left in those accounts also need to be distributed to beneficiaries.

A Windfall or Financial Security

What should you do with your inheritance? Receiving a sizable sum of money or other assets of value can seem like a windfall that suddenly gives you more financial freedom. Many feel a sense of wealth they are not accustomed to, and can become less cautious with how they spend their money. We believe this can be a mistake.

  • An inheritance should help support your long-term financial plan. Inherited assets can contribute to your key lifetime goals such as:

    • Building your retirement assets
    • Accumulating savings to help pay for college
    • Potentially protecting your family with adequate insurance
    • Saving for other important goals in your life
    • Supporting your favorite charitable causes

    In some cases, the assets left to you could potentially provide you with a stream of income. For example, inheriting a Roth IRA has the potential to generate regular payments of tax-free income that could continue through your life.

Thinking Ahead

Before any decisions are made about what to do with your inheritance, contact a financial professional to discuss options.

  • It is also important to confer with your accountant and attorney on certain matters, as neither U.S. Bank, U.S. Bancorp Investments or their respective representatives provide tax or legal advice. You may need to determine what, if any tax consequences will result and how to make the most of the assets left to you.

    This event in your financial life may serve as a reminder of the importance of having your own estate plan in place. That includes working with your tax and legal advisor to ensure you have an up-to-date will, medical directives and trusts.

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This information represents the opinion of U.S. Bank and/or U.S. Bancorp Investments and is not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results. This information is designed to be educational and informative. It is not intended to provide recommendations, to provide specific advice concerning retirement accounts and investment planning, or to meet the needs of any particular investor. Investors should consult with their investment professionals for advice concerning their particular situations.

U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments.

U.S. Bank, U.S. Bancorp Investments and their representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Your tax and financial situation is unique. You should consult your tax and/or legal advisor for advice and information concerning your particular situation.

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