Glossary: Inheritance

Inheritance refers to the assets that a person leaves to their loved ones after they pass away. An inheritance may contain cash, investments such as stocks or bonds, and other assets such as jewelry, automobiles, art, antiques, and real estate.

An inheritance is what you receive as a beneficiary after someone you care about has passed away. Most of the time, you inherit cash from a bank account or personal belongings. It can also include real estate and other items, and the value can range from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars. You might have to pay taxes on the cash or property you receive, so you must understand how inheritance works. A will is one common way that people can leave an inheritance to a loved one.

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Inheritance refers to all or part of the assets of an estate that are passed on to the heirs after the death of the estate owner. The inheritance may be in the form of a cash endowment, real estate, stocks, etc. Usually, the owner of the estate writes a will on how his or her wealth will be distributed to the heirs, and it only becomes executable after the person dies.

An inheritance is money or property that you leave a beneficiary in your will, often a family member or close friend. There are a few things to keep in mind if you receive an inheritance, or if you’re planning to leave one. Please note this information is meant to provide a general overview. For more specific advice, consult with a reputable tax advisor.

Inheriting a house — while a generous gift from a loved one — kicks off a process that can be fraught with emotion. You’re likely receiving this property as a result of a loved one’s death, and the financial decisions that come with inheriting property can be stressful and confusing. The best way to move forward is knowing your options, assessing the financial consequences of your choice, and seeking expert assistance in navigating the tax and legal requirements.

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