As estate planners, part of our job is making sure our clients’ desires – as far as who receives their property – are fulfilled. Some clients know exactly what they want, and others need to be provided with options so that they can choose the who and the how. But in every case, we also must help our clients to consider all possibilities, with respect to both the people and property involved.
I would like to start this post with a potentially controversial statement: When planning for qualified retirement plans and IRAs (which I will sometimes refer to as "retirement benefits"), achieving the longest "stretch-out" period for distributions is not always the most important goal. I know this may be met with a certain amount of deserved skepticism, but I hope you will bear with me, and allow me to state my case.