In the first 10 minutes of a meeting,your client says:
I’m in shock. My son is visiting us this week, and guess what? He’s getting married next year!
At that moment
- Congratulate your client and ask if the son and his partner have set a date. Ask if they have family traditions and what the celebration might be like.
- Gently find out why your client is shocked—did he think his son would never marry? Does your client dislike the partner?
Later in the meeting
- Ask your client if the pair have discussed their financial priorities and how they will blend their finances. Offer to give them a consultation.
- If your client is interested in gifting the son money or paying for part of the wedding, help evaluate his options.
- Discuss whether he wants the son’s spouse to have access to the gift and to what extent.
Before your next meeting
- If the couple agrees to talk to you, send questions in advance of your chat. They should list their financial goals and deal-breakers, discuss how they plan to blend their finances, their spending styles, their views on “fun money,” et cetera.
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At your next meeting
- Review the gift alternatives you’ve researched with your client, including any possible tax implications of making a withdrawal now versus next year, and the family law implications of gifting before versus after the marriage (read this article for more).
- Help your client consider the financial aspects of future life events for his son, such as cash gifts for potential grandchildren (and/or step-grandchildren).
by Gil Martinez, art director of Advisor Group