At Jurado & Associates, P.A., we often get asked about the benefits of Family Limited Partnerships and the role they play in Florida estate planning. If you have similar questions, then you came to the right place. In this article, we will explore the benefits of FLPs and explain to you as clearly as we can why they might be a good thing to include in your estate plan.
Understanding Family Limited Partnerships
A Family Limited Partnership is a legal entity that allows family members to pool their assets and manage them collectively. It is a type of limited partnership where the general partners are typically the parents or older family members, and the limited partners are the children or other younger family members. The general partners control the FLP’s day-to-day operations and make decisions on behalf of the partnership, while the limited partners have limited liability and limited control.
The Role of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning
FLP’s offer many benefits, which can play a major role in your estate plan. Some of these benefits include:
One of the primary benefits of FLPs is asset protection. By transferring assets into an FLP, the assets automatically become protected from creditors and lawsuits. This is because the assets are no longer owned by an individual but by the partnership. Creditors cannot seize partnership assets to satisfy an individual partner’s debts. This can be especially beneficial for families with high net worth or those involved in high-risk professions.
Estate Tax Reduction
Another significant advantage of FLPs is the potential reduction in estate taxes. When assets are transferred into an FLP, their value is often discounted due to the lack of marketability and control associated with limited partnership interests. This means that when the limited partnership interests are gifted to the next generation, the value of the gift is lower than the actual value of the assets, resulting in reduced estate taxes.
Additionally, the general partners can gift limited partnership interests to the younger generation without incurring gift taxes. This allows for the gradual transfer of wealth without the need for large, taxable gifts.
FLPs can also be an effective tool for succession planning. The FLP structure allows for the gradual transfer of control and ownership of the family business or assets to the next generation. This can help ensure a smooth transition and minimize potential disputes among family members.
Moreover, FLPs can be incredibly valuable to blended families, as they allow parents to pass on their assets to their children from a previous marriage while still providing for their current spouse.
Privacy and Control
Family Limited Partnerships offer a level of privacy and control that other estate planning tools may not provide. FLPs are not subject to public record, which means the details of the partnership and its assets remain private. This can be particularly appealing for families who value their privacy and wish to keep their financial affairs confidential.
Additionally, the general partners maintain control over the partnership’s assets and decision-making. This allows them to manage the assets as they see fit, while still providing the limited partners with a share of the profits and benefits.
Flexibility and Adaptability
FLPs offer a high degree of flexibility and adaptability in estate planning. They can be tailored to suit the specific needs and goals of each family. This means that as your family’s circumstances change, your FLP can be adjusted to accommodate those changes, ensuring that your estate plan remains relevant and effective.
Are You Looking to Form a Family Limited Partnership? We Can Help
At Jurado & Associates, P.A., we understand the complexities of estate planning and the importance of protecting your family’s assets. Our team of experienced attorneys can help you navigate the process of setting up a Family Limited Partnership, ensuring that your assets are protected and that your estate plan is tailored to your specific needs. If you are considering incorporating an FLP into your Florida estate plan, do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at (305) 921-0976, email us at [email protected], or send us a message on WhatsApp at +1 (305) 396-8094. We are here to help you every step of the way.