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Most people will find they need some help in wisely handling a sizeable inheritance to put it to good use and to make it last.

It can be the best of times and it can be the worst of times should a large inheritance come your way. It would most likely be a life-changing event that can give your family and as well as you a better life. But, one of the most difficult outcomes of an inheritance is the spending of too much money and you could end up with less money than when you started.

For this reason it is always advisable that people who receive large inheritances get help from professionals. Accountants, financial planners and estate planning attorneys are all important sources of expertise for those who inherit wealth. Once you have the experts in place, there is still more planning to do.

Forbes recently published some advice on how to go about that planning in “Planning For Inheritance: 4 Ways To Handle A Windfall.”

The suggestions include:

  • Understand Your Financial Situation – Figure out how much you really have and make sure that you have properly valued your assets.
  • Determine Your Goals – There are already things that you want out of life, such as retiring, paying for a child’s education, buying a new home, etc. Instead of just spending the inheritance on things you want, figure out how you can best use it to help achieve your pre-existing goals.
  • Make it Last – Determine how much money you will need for future goals and invest enough of the inheritance as necessary so that you will have that money when it is needed.
  • Make an Estate Plan – Get an estate plan so that you can pass on what is left of your inheritance to future generations.

Reference: Forbes (Nov. 6, 2015) “Planning For Inheritance: 4 Ways To Handle A Windfall.”

Mr. Amoruso concentrates his practice on Elder Law, Comprehensive Estate Planning, Asset Preservation, Estate Administration and Guardianship.