Generational Wealth Transfer


Generational Wealth Transfer

By , September 25, 2023

Wealth transfer by generation is a critical issue that affects many families today. It’s a topic that raises many questions and concerns about how to pass on wealth to future generations. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at wealth transfer and some of the strategies that can be used to ensure a smooth transition.

Wealth transfer is the process of passing on assets from one generation to the next. It can be a challenging process, especially if there are complex family dynamics or legal issues involved. One of the most critical considerations when it comes to wealth transfer is the timing of the transfer. Planning ahead is key, as it allows time to develop a strategy and work through any potential issues.

One way to ensure a smooth transfer of wealth is through the use of trusts. Trusts can be beneficial because they allow a family to transfer assets while still maintaining some level of control over them. They also provide a way to protect assets from creditors and other legal issues.

Another strategy that can be used is to establish a family office. A family office is a dedicated team that manages the family’s wealth and finances. It can be an effective way to manage complex financial matters and ensure that the family’s wealth is protected and transferred to future generations.

It’s important to note that wealth transfer is not just about the transfer of assets. It’s also about passing on values and principles to future generations. Families should have conversations about their values and what they want to pass on to future generations. This can help ensure that the family’s legacy is preserved and that future generations are equipped to manage their wealth responsibly.

In conclusion, wealth transfer by generation is an essential issue that requires careful consideration and planning. It’s critical to develop a strategy that takes into account the unique needs and dynamics of the family. By using trusts, family offices, and having conversations about values, families can ensure a smooth transfer of wealth and a legacy that endures for generations to come.

Craig West

Craig West

Executive Chairman | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant with over 20 years of experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice has provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners.

In March 2014, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, Australia’s largest small business organisation representing over 300,000 business owners.

In October 2014, he was awarded the Exit Planner of the Year at the Exit Planning Institute Annual Conference in Texas, USA, due to his innovative development of an exit planning process to help business owners maximise business value and achieve a successful exit.

Craig’s proprietary structure - a Peak Performance Trust - has won the Australia-wide award for the Employee Share Ownership Plan of the year twice in four years.

In November 2018, Craig launched SME Experts in partnership with Mark Bouris’ Mentored on Podcast One and quickly grew the monthly podcast audience to over 26,500 downloads; in October 2019, he released a new podcast focused on medium-sized businesses - Mid-Market Matters.

In July 2021, Craig joined the NSW Committee for STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) – focusing on advising families across generations.

Craig has also launched a SaaS platform, Capitaliz (which captures the 21-step process), to assist other advisers internationally deliver advisory services at scale.

In November 2021, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of NSW Leaders, a business mentoring group for leading NSW businesses.

In July 2022, Craig West received the award of Doctor of Business Administration for his research thesis titled “Examination of the key factors driving business exit options in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises.”

Craig is passionate about encouraging business owners to think strategically, maximise the value of their business and achieve a successful exit.

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