My take = Getting started is the difficult step

Hey, Michael here from Tannery Company, a leading firm in family wealth management.

Happy Friday!

As we wrap up another week, I’m reaching out to touch upon a subject that’s often rich in possibilities yet can feel as complex as Picasso’s art: discussing family wealth.

Why It’s Time to Break the Ice

With Baby Boomers set to transfer an unprecedented $84.4 trillion to their Millennial children, understanding family financial plans is not just prudent—it’s essential.

This wealth isn’t just about money; it’s about the future of your family, the legacy that will be passed down, and the responsibilities that come with it.

The Challenge of Starting the Conversation

Money talk can be daunting. However, avoiding these discussions can lead to misunderstandings or missed opportunities. Inspired by a personal story—a friend, an only child, who bravely broached the topic of finances with his parents—I’ve seen first-hand how starting this conversation can open doors to better understanding and preparedness, foster personal growth, and strengthen family bonds.

How to Begin

Initiate the dialogue with respect and empathy.

A simple, thoughtful question like, “Mom and Dad, I don’t want to get into your finances, but I would love to understand your plans,” can pave the way for open and honest communication.

It shows care and ensures their wishes are respected and understood.

Seeing the Benefits

These discussions can be transformative.

In my friend’s case, an awkward conversation ended with his parents bringing out their financial binders, revealing they had long wanted to discuss their plans but didn’t know how—this moment of honesty led to effective planning and peace of mind for the entire family.

Navigating Potential Obstacles

It’s natural to encounter some resistance or emotional responses. Stay patient and considerate. Involving a neutral third party, like Tannery Company, can help constructively facilitate these discussions, ensuring everyone’s concerns are heard and respected.

The Family Meeting

Organizing a family meeting about wealth can be overwhelming, but you’re not alone. At Tannery Company, we don’t just specialize in moderating these essential conversations; we’re here to support you every step of the way. We can help outline the meeting, prepare you for potential questions and discussions, and even moderate to ensure the conversation remains productive and inclusive.

Is There A Perfect Time?

Don’t wait for the perfect moment to discuss family wealth—it might never come. Instead, take the initiative now. By starting this conversation, you’re not just planning for your family’s financial future but taking responsibility for it.

Book a meeting with us today, and let’s plan a family meeting that lays the groundwork for a secure financial future.

Here’s to building not just financial plans but lasting legacies.

Stay cool, enjoy your weekend, and consider how this conversation could enrich your family’s future.


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