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Managing Wealth Across Generations


With five family branches, thirty-eight adults, twenty-one households, three living generations, and ninety-seven different trusts, one Abbot Downing client family had a lot to manage. The eldest living family members were in the third generation of wealth and were concerned that younger relatives wouldn't carefully steward assets or develop good work ethics.


Abbot Downing designed and facilitated a family meeting in which members identified the group's values and strengths, developing a vision for sustaining the family's wealth.


With the team's help, the family decided to form a family investment enterprise to increase net returns. They identified and implemented appropriate annual trust withdrawals, and several households decided to coordinate their personal planning with the family enterprise.


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