FEC LegacyChangePlans

by Insured Grace Contract

Simplified Estate Asset Plans

LegacyChange.com Home

Save Tax  


Flexible Asset Transfer

Through a Non-Profit Asset

Transfer Organization

Return to LegacyChange Home Page

Special Beneficiaries Income Plan

Asset Transfer - Non-Tax Burden - Guaranteed Income - Gifting Legacy - Plan Privacy


Save Tax - Avoid probate

Simplifies Directing Assets & Insures

Minimize & Prevent Family Conflict


By the end of 2019, over $15 trillion worth of inheritance will pass through the probate courts in America.

The #1 asset sold first is the real estate. 

We inform and can assist for efficient economical transfer of asset ownership.


LegacyChange can be as an Economical Simple Incentive Trust

It is your prerogative and right to control your Legacy and gifts as you prefer.

What Is the LegacyChange Incentive Plan verses the Incentive Trust?


Incentive Trust

The incentive trust is a legal entity that holds and manages assets for the grantor or for the benefit of another person. It is typically established by a senior family member to provide innovative strategies for distributing wealth to younger generations; the grantor can use the incentive trust's provisions to reward a beneficiary for achieving a wide range of desired behaviors or goals. The trust can also set out specific requirements on how the money can be distributed and use certain techniques to ensure that the beneficiary will have financial independence beyond the inheritance monies.

As with any type of trust, there are costs associated with the development and ongoing administration of an incentive trust. The costs and the time involved in establishing this trust are just two factors you'll need to consider when deciding whether or not this arrangement is right for you. Next, you'll need to mull over some of the unique advantages and drawbacks of the incentive trust.

The Pros
Motivating Positive Behavior - An incentive trust allows you to reward the beneficiary for desired behaviors, while limiting access for undesirable behavior such as unproductive or immoral activity (of course, defining what is "immoral" can be quite subjective). Many trusts can be as restrictive as the grantor wants them to be, as long as the restrictions imposed are not illegal - for example, specifying that the beneficiary must divorce his/her current spouse to receive an inheritance.

Age Restrictions - Restrictions related to the beneficiary's age are often attached to trusts. You may not want your child to receive income or principal from the trust until he or she reaches a more mature age, such as 25, 30 or whatever you decide. You can also plan for distributions of funds to be staggered over time, at various "benchmark" ages, to help your child learn how to manage money responsibly. At the very least, this strategy eliminates the possibility of your child blowing his or her inheritance all at once.

Encouraging Education - Trust distributions can be contingent on the beneficiary graduating from high school, achieving certain grade point averages or obtaining a postsecondary degree. You could also decide to distribute a portion of funds after successful semesters or academic years as a positive motivating tool.

Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle - Some grantors will establish trusts that won't pay out money if the beneficiary indulges in destructive and/or illegal behavior such as smoking, using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol.

Family Business or Employment - Your incentive trust can include provisions that reward your beneficiary for assuming important responsibilities in a family business or simply maintaining gainful employment. As another way to promote employment, you can set up the incentive trust to pay out a matching amount for each dollar earned by the beneficiary. These are strategies that often appeal to wealthy parents, who may worry that their children lack a work ethic because they have grown up with money.

Endorsing Philanthropy - You can help your child develop an appreciation for volunteerism and community involvement by using matching charitable donations and other benefits that reward your child for teaching, doing community service and other charitable habits.

The Cons
Possible Resentment - You know the saying "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"? Despite your best intentions, your beneficiary may find that some of the requirements set out in the incentive trust (say, getting a college degree) are unattainable for him or her, and this may lead to resentment toward you as the grantor, or toward other beneficiaries who have met certain requirements contained in the trust.

Hindering Entrepreneurship - Using the incentive trust to encourage specific professional goals or to push your child into the family business may hinder your child's ability to pursue his or her own professional interests, such as starting a successful landscaping business or going into some other trade that you may have overlooked.

Setting Unrealistic Goals - Keep the goals and milestones realistic: some kids are not meant to run the family business or are not cut out for an Ivy-league school and a stellar academic career. Grantors should be sensitive to the unique personalities of beneficiaries and set goals that are attainable for all.

Overlooking Other Needs - Placing too much emphasis on business and academic achievements can lead to other matters, such as the health and overall personal well-being of the beneficiary, being overlooked.

"Controlling Life from the Grave" - The incentive trust may fail to work as the positive motivating tool you'd like it to be if the beneficiary feels that you are trying to control his or her life "from the grave", or to introduce values that should have been taught when the beneficiary was growing up.

Key Considerations
It is your prerogative and right to control your Legacy and gifts as you prefer. The LegacyChange Incentive Plan is a simple and economical path to control your gifting to your beneficiary.

The LegacyChange Incentive Plan is more simple than an Incentive Trust where your legacy is preserved by heirs receiving guaranteed payments with tax advantages over years of time verses a lump sum. Your legacy has control allowing for prudent heir spending.



Probate Process Timeline

A LegacyChange Plan can bypass probate process time and expense

LegacyPlan Transaction Worksheet for Illustration (pdf)

Return to LegacyChange Home Page



Divorce Settlement

Return to LegacyChange Home Page

Assisting to Preserve and Maintain Client Wealth

Asset Transfer - Non-Tax Burden - Gifting Legacy

Business Entry-Management-Exit Plans - BEME

Tax Reduction Services - Legal - Estate - Tax - Exit Strategies & Planning

Contact LegacyChange (LC)

Return to LegacyChange Home Page

Receive LegacyChange News and Updates Subscribe Here

For Tax Updates and News on Facebook   View @1LessTax

Page for Requesting Executor of Will & Trustee Summary Action PDF Documents

Free Will Consultation & Discounted Trust by Experienced Local Estate Advisors

More Tax Saving Alternatives at www.1LessTax.com  See Page 3

Advanced Asset Funding for Heirs Go Here:  Cash Advance


LegacyChange Plans are not FDIC insured or Investments. LC does not market insurance.

E-mail    National: 800.333.0801

Tax and Legal Advisers always recommended.   LC can assist finding attorney-tax advisors


Copyright 2018-2022 K. B. Wheeler Jr. All rights reserved 3-10