Trusts & Estates Magazine: Integrating Self-Management With Estate Planning

In an article published in the February 2013 issue of Trusts & Estates, Avi Z. Kestenbaum, co-chair of Meltzer Lippe’s Trusts & Estates practice group, Christine K. Knox and Doug Kirkpatrick, co-authored an article entitled “Integrating Self-Management With Estate Planning.”

The authors write: “Succession planning is often the most complicated piece of the estate-planning puzzle. While tax planning has specific statutory rules and court precedents that must be followed to achieve a successful outcome, there are no official rules in succession planning and, often, no perfect solutions. Additionally, every family and business is unique, and we require both psychological and business acumen to guide our clients properly, even though most estate planners are trained in neither. For our clients who are emotionally torn between ensuring that their businesses continue for as long as possible and still wanting their descendants to play a major role in the future, the “self-management” model, which has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, among other publications, may offer an interesting solution.

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