Health care expenses are the main concern among Americans who are 65 and older, according to the last Halloween story of the season, "What Spooks Us Most About Money," from Forbes. In comparison, millennials have their own financial worries, chiefly the ability to pay their rent or make mortgage payments.
But here's the scariest part of the survey: about 21% of the 50+ respondents said their financial fears are holding them back from reaching their goals. That's gotta give you some estate planning chills! Many people 50+ are also undoubtedly scared of what will happen to their financial assets after they die and whether their loved ones will receive proper care.
The whole subject of estate planning gives some people the willies. It is scary to think about dying and planning for what may happen after your death. But not thinking about it could wind up haunting your family for years to come.
If you fail to name guardians for your children in your will, the court might name them for you. And if you don't have a written estate plan, your wealth could go to heirs you hardly know or do not want to have an inheritance.
Sit down with a qualified estate planning attorney and have him or her draw up a will or trust, if you haven't done so already. Ask if it would be wise for you to have one or more trusts, which can be extremely helpful if you have children or grandchildren with special needs.
Reference: Forbes (October 30, 2015) "What Spooks Us Most About Money"