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Chris is 68 and Beth is 59. Chris has recently just retired from an executive position in a public company. They have always led a relatively simple and conservative lifestyle and as a result have built up a very significant, and liquid, net worth. As part of Chris’s retirement package, he has an annual pension payment of approx. $360,000 (inflating). The pension alone is enough to cover their annual living expenses of $230,000. As a result, they have a large annual cash flow surplus created by the $400k in annual dividends from their equity portfolios and their tax-exempt income from municipal bond portfolios totaling $1.1M.
The main planning objective is to take advantage of the lifetime gifting exemption ($5M each) while it is still available. This is due in part to the large concentration of conservatively invested assets that are growing inside Chris and Beth’s estate. In addition, they are looking to preserve enough assets in order to provide sufficient cash flow that will ensure a comfortable lifestyle with flexibility during retirement.
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