Counting on an Inheritance to Retire, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA

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A new survey suggests that many Americans are counting on receiving an inheritance to retire on instead of saving enough for retirement themselves. This has the potential to create disasters for several reasons.

Recently CNBC published the results of an inheritance survey about the retirement plans of people from several nations. The survey included 1,000 Americans and revealed interesting results, which were published in a CNBC article titled “Retirement plan workaround: Inherit enough to live on.”

It turns out that nearly half of working Americans surveyed expect to receive an inheritance large enough to meet their living expenses in retirement.

One of the big problems with this is that the older generation, the one that is supposed to be leaving these inheritances, is increasingly preferring not to leave large inheritances to their families. They prefer to give money to family now to meet current needs so they can see the fruits of their gifts during their own lifetimes.

So, what does this mean? Perhaps the expected large inheritances will not exist at all.

Even if the inheritances do come to fruition, if the money is spent for retirement then there is unlikely to be much left for later generations to inherit.

If you have children who you suspect may not be saving for retirement and instead counting on receiving a large inheritance, it might be a good idea to talk with them about what to expect after you pass away.

Better yet, visit an estate planning attorney to structure an estate plan that ensures there will be assets for your grandchildren to inherit as well.

Reference: CNBC (May 4, 2015) “Retirement plan workaround: Inherit enough to live on.”

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