At the Lineweaver Companies, we believe a team approach to coordinating all your financial, legal, tax, and insurance needs helps save you time, money and worry.
For example, we had clients who were both close to retirement, and unfortunately the husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The first thing we did was to work with them to make sure his pension was triggered in such a way that the wife could receive a greater lifetime benefit - almost a million more dollars than she would have otherwise received.
At the same time, in this sort of situation, you have to consider powers of attorney – and other basic estate planning documents that everyone should have, like wills, and even if trusts make sense for your particular situation.
There were also huge student loan balances of more than $120,000. But, because they kept the loans entirely in the father’s name, when he passed, the debt was forgiven. But what many people don’t know is that the forgiveness of debt – in this case student loan debt - is considered income by the IRS – and therefore taxable. As you can imagine, in this case it was significant: an additional $40,000. However, we were able to work with the family and the IRS to get the entire amount forgiven as well – so they ended up having the debt and the tax bill forgiven.
Given the pension payouts and their savings, they had significant assets that needed to be managed effectively. We worked with them to customize a portfolio and other solutions, monitor their performance, and to regularly rebalance to help meet their longer-term goals.
This story really highlights one example of what the team approach can do for clients, and we believe this type of thoughtful, holistic planning makes a huge difference in peoples’ lives. If you want to find out how we can help you save time, money, and worry, we offer a no-obligation financial consultation with one of our advisors. You can schedule your appointment today by calling us at 216.521.1711.
Securities offered through Triad Advisors, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Lineweaver Wealth Advisors, LLC. Lineweaver Wealth Advisors, LLC is not affiliated with Triad Advisors, LLC. Information contained herein is not tax advice and should not be considered as such. Each individual’s tax situation is unique and different. For advice related to your specific tax situation, please contact your personal tax professional.