Surely, Steve Job’s death came as a shock to us all when he past away last week. The CEO of Apple Inc. was just 56 years old. He left behind his wife, son, and 3 daughters. His net wealth was estimated to be in the billions.
We all know Jobs was a perfectionist in his business pursuits. He continuously sought new ways to strategically position his products by foreseeing and setting innovative trends in the industry of technology. He was meticulous at managing and protecting both his business and private affairs. Jobs once said “It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track… it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” It would come as no surprise that one of the 1000 things that Jobs said “no” to was the prospect of leaving his family without the protection of an estate plan. He most likely foresaw the need to get his assets in order so that the most important people in his life, his family, would be sheltered from the legal and financial burdens arising from endless courtroom proceedings and hefty estate taxes. Since Jobs liked to keep his personal life out of the public eye, he probably established a trust to maintain the privacy of his assets and its distribution to his family. His loved ones may very well be lucky enough to avoid traditional probate and public scrutiny. We will probably have to wait for the next few months to find out what will transpire with Job’s multi-billion dollar estate, that is, if we ever do.
We should all follow Job’s lead. Protect your family and get your estate in order today. It’s time to get…as Apple Inc. once said “Wildly innovative”.
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It’s a Wild world. Are you protected?