I changed the category to tax because I think you are more likely to get a useful answer. I don't know a lot about this, but if this is just straight stock, she can sell it and only pay, I believe, any capital gains tax, whereas if it is in any kind of tax sheltered vehicle, like a 401K, then she would have to pay, I believe, a penalty. She needs to talk to a tax lawyer or an accountant, and be more specific about exactly what it is she wants to do. She may also want to consider the possibility of taking a loan against the asset if that would be more useful to her financially. She is basically borrowing from herself, and that can be a good thing.
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There are many possibilities but they all are dependent on the details of the transaction. What she paid for the stock, how long it was held and a number of other factors. Best to contact a tax attorney or give us a call to review where the full details of the transaction options can be discussed and a plan formulated.
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In order to provide you with a quality answer, we would need a great deal more information and that information is not something that you could put on this forum. Visit an estate planning attorney to discuss all the option available. A little advice up front can save a huge amount later.
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