Six of the Worst Assets to Inherit

Leaving these assets to your loved ones may be more trouble than it’s worth. Here's how to avoid adding to their grief after you're gone.

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The total value of an inheritance isn't just a dollar figure — what’s actually in an estate plan can matter significantly. Trillions of dollars will transfer from one generation to the next in the decades ahead, but not everyone will see their inheritance as a help; for some, it may be a headache.

The fact is, some assets are better than others to leave behind. Certain assets can cause arguments between family members or may have hidden costs. And sometimes, let’s face it, your kids just don’t want your stuff.

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David Rodeck
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report