Historical data shows that only 3 families in 10 will successfully transition their estate to the next generation and by the beginning of the third generation, 9 out of 10 families will involuntarily lose their financial assets and real estate.

High net worth families have access to best-of-class advisers, so what is the reason for the high failure rate of transitioning their estates successfully? Based on 40 years of research, experts have identified 3 critical estate transition factors that seem to determine success: 1) A clear mission for the family assets; 2) Thoughtfully prepared heirs; 3) Family trust and communication.

Evaluate your family’s odds of achieving a successful asset transition. Complete the 1O-question Estate Transition Checklist below to determine how prepared you and your family are to achieve your asset transition goals.

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Please check the box next to each of the statements below that correspond with your estate transition goals.

Estate Transition Checklist

If you would like to receive a copy of your completed survey, please enter your first name and email address below, then click Submit. The email will also include links to these additional useful free documents:

  • Attorney Relationship Survey
  • Personal Estate Planning Priorities Survey
  • Estate Settlement Priorities Survey
  • Personal Instructions For My Trustees To Assist Guardians Form

Checklist Scoring

7 or more YES -You should consider your family very similar to those families that have successfully transitioned their wealth. You are likely among the 1 in 3 that will make the wealth transition as you have planned.
4 to 6 YES – Historical data indicates that a reasonable investment of time and family effort could pay big dividends with respect to ensuring that a successful wealth transition takes place.
3 to 0 YES -This is an alarm bell for your family. This indicates that your transition plan is incomplete and that the successful transition of your wealth is at risk.

See Preparing Heirs: Five Steps to a Successful Transition of Family Wealth and Values
by Roy Williams & Vic Preisser