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A liquidity event is generally defined as a sudden realization of substantial wealth through the sale of an illiquid asset (i.e., real estate, privately owned business, etc.) or by exercising stock options that were granted as part of an executive compensation plan. Liquidity events may provide income and estate planning opportunities. Liquidity events also magnify the need to put in place or update essential estate planning documents. We can be a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.
We believe that the best financial strategy is the one that helps you pursue your goals and achieve financial freedom. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Our process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in asset diversification and wealth preservation, but in areas that go beyond portfolio management. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way for clients to manage all of the pieces of their financial lives.
Our team primarily assist clients that have received or is about to receive a substantial amount of monies from the following types of liquidity events:
We work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.
The most common question we receive is “how soon should i start planning for a liquidity event?” The answer is simple: The sooner the better. With liquidity events, time is your most valuable asset. The earlier you start planning what you want your life to look like afterward, the more opportunity you have to implement tax-efficient strategies that will allow you to maximize your hard earnings for the long term. Examples of some pre-event tax minimization and estate planning strategies available include:
Regardless of whether you go through a rigorous planning process prior to a substantial liquidity event, it would still be prudent to pursue an equally rigorous, comprehensive post-liquidity-event planning process. This process will vary depending on your personal circumstances and the nature of the event. Nevertheless, there are several fundamental steps that must be considered following a liquidity event – even in the absence of pre-event planning, including:
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The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.
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4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.
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