As a Grand Rapids, Michigan estate planning attorney I’ve heard a lot of “chicken little” comments among some of my colleagues as a result of the recent changes to estate tax law.  You see, many attorneys who draft estate plans relied on fear of the estate tax as a way of attracting new clients.  With the tax law changes far fewer families will be affected by the estate tax (at least temporarily).

And yet at the same time, as a Grand Rapids, Michigan wills and trusts attorney who focuses on helping families create a legacy through Whole Family Wealth™ Planning, I’m seeing an increase in families becoming part of the Lichterman Law family.

Which leads me to this USAA article I recently came across.  Besides being a good overview of the recent changes to the estate tax and a reminder of the importance of having your plan reviewed, it points out the importance of viewing “estate planning” as what it truly is . . . “legacy planning.”  As the article points out, “there’s far more to estate planning than just taxes.”

What “more” are they talking about?  As the article says, “the real point of an estate plan is to make it as easy as possible for your heirs to carry on and to ensure your assets go where you want them to.”  I agree with that, but think they left out one very important thing . . . the key behind Whole Family Wealth™ Planning.  That is to use estate planning to pass on who you are and what is most important to you – your values, insights, stories and experience.  To me, that is truly a lasting legacy.

Why would you want to leave your family guessing about what to do, where to go and how to handle your assets?  Do you want to leave them without your most valuable asset . . . who you are as a person?  Call us at 616-827-7596 right now to take the important step of starting your legacy plan.  Mention this blog post and we’ll waive the Peace of Mind Planning Session fee ($750 value!).

Michael Lichterman is an estate planning and business planning attorney who helps families and business owners create a lasting legacy by planning for their Whole Family Wealth™.  This goes beyond merely planning for finances – it’s about who your are and what’s important to you.  He focuses on estate and asset protection planning for  the “experienced” generation, the “sandwich generation” (caring for parents and children), doctors/physicians, nurses, lawyers, dentists, professionals with minor children, family owned businesses and pet planning.  He takes the “counselor” part of attorney and counselor at law very seriously, and enjoys creating life long relationships with his clients – many of which have become great friends.