Ascent insights Personal legacy planning

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How to become a philanthropist

Progressing from a “checkbook” donor to a philanthropist can be one of the most rewarding privileges of wealth.

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Considerations for family legacy planning

These steps can help you create a legacy plan that both reflects your values and incorporates tax-efficient ways to transfer your assets.

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Podcast: Historical imagination for family preservation

Every family has a unique history that plays an important role in leaving a legacy. Karen McNeill, our Senior Family Historian, explains how history sets the foundation for lasting family preservation.

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Family inheritance: Does fair mean equal?

A variety of factors can impact how you distribute your estate to your beneficiaries. Doing so fairly and equitably may require some creative thinking.

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5 steps to consider when creating a prenup

There are so many things to consider when getting engaged including signing a prenup. It may not be the most romantic part of wedding planning, but it can be a very practical decision for both parties.

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Bridging the gap between values and generational family wealth

The best place to start engaging and educating family members of all ages and attitudes toward money is with what matters most: values.

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Moving past the guilt of inherited wealth

The emotional stages of inheritance often parallel the five stages of grief. Understanding how they correlate, and specifically how to move past the guilt stage, can help you find peace with your inheritance and focus on the future.

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How to elevate female role models in your family story

Every family tree is full of amazing female role models. Oral history can be an effective way to record their stories and raise the profile of the women in your family.

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How private foundations can unify intergenerational families

Seventy percent of wealth transfers fail from one generation to the next. Private family foundations may provide intergenerational families an opportunity to overcome this challenge.

3 reasons a family foundation fails

You may have the best of intentions when launching a family foundation, but that’s often not enough to avoid a failure. With proper planning, you can avoid three critical missteps that many foundations make.

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