A friend has about $1.6 million in assets. He is about 61-years-old. After his death and his wife's death, the friend has two nephews (both adults in their 20s and 30s) to whom he wants to leave the estate, one way or another. He is talking to his financial planner and an estate attorney. He is still struggling with the basics. Does arranging a generation-skipping irrevocable trust for his two nephews following his death and his wife's death make financial sense? The alternative seems to be direct bequests to the two nephews. I understand the estate tax currently exempts a little over $5 million in assets. Of course, the estate tax is subject to change. The friend and his wife will be living off the income from this (currently) $1.6 million and do not expect to be adding to it nor reinvesting dividends/interest. So the CAGR will be less than the stock market's. People's impressions are welcome. This is a real-life friend and not a hypothetical. I am also trying to get some education. Thank you in advance.