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Chris is 68 and Beth is 59. Chris has recently just retired from an executive position in a public company. They have always led a relatively simple and conservative lifestyle and as a result have built up a very significant, and liquid, net worth.
As part of Chris’ retirement package, he has an annual pension payment of approximately $360,000 (inflating). The pension alone is enough to cover their annual living expenses of $230,000.
As a result, they have a large annual cash flow surplus created by the $400k in annual dividends from their equity portfolios and their tax-exempt income from municipal bond portfolios totaling $1.1M.
The primary planning goals were to:
Make sure that they have sufficient funds to live on for the rest of their lives (approximately $230,000 after taxes and gifts).
Provide for the financial security of the surviving spouse.
Create an inheritance for their children which protects them from any potential future creditors and/or predators.
Provide a charitable gift at death as long as it doesn’t greatly diminish the amount they pass to their heirs.
Eliminate or reduce estate taxes.