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Leaving assets to heirs

Your estate is a legacy. These resources can help make the estate planning process more efficient and effective, and one that respects your wishes.
Keep in mind:
  • Consider contingencies (for example, what happens if a primary heir can't receive the bequest)
  • Understand potential tax liabilities
  • Address your philanthropic goals
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Learn about different types of wills and what to consider when your will is being drafted.
Trusts can help ensure that your assets are used according to your wishes — and may help to reduce estate taxes.
Making gifts to your children now, instead of in your will, can be satisfying. Here are things to consider.
Learn how charitable gifts can be used to manage taxes, shift assets and transfer wealth.
Review estate planning basics and related planning tools like wills, estate taxes and trusts.
Estimate what your estate tax liability might be.
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Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.