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Celebrity Estates: Jackie O's Savvy Planning

Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' estate plan was before its time.


Are your clients charitably inclined, but also want to provide for their heirs? There may be a way to do both, while saving on taxes. 

In this episode, David Lenok, senior editor at, talks to Carl Fiore, a managing director in the Andersen U.S. National Tax office, about how wealthy people are saving their heirs from hefty taxes through the use of charitable lead annuity trusts (CLATs) and grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs). 

Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (aka Jackie O) was credited with popularizing the now widespread use of CLATs. As you will soon find out, allowing her children to decide whether the CLAT was actually funded or not wasn’t a mistake but rather savvy planning on Jackie O’s part.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (right) with her children, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, and John F. Kennedy Jr.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Background information on Jackie O and her savvy planning;
  • What a CLAT is and how it is used as a tax-savings tool;
  • Why it’s important to have growth outside of the estate;
  • How public or private a CLAT is;
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to use CLATs and GRATs to help your clients protect their heirs’ future financial growth. 


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