Even those who have saved and invested well may not be sharing their financial information with a spouse or loved one. It’s time to do that now.
If you have a parent over the age of, say, 65, thoughts about their future may have started to creep into your mind. However, because end-of-life planning can be emotional and overwhelming, it’s tempting to put these conversations off—and even more pleasing to avoid them altogether.
Discussing estate planning with your parents is a conversation that can be difficult to have. You might not want to think about the day they are no longer here, or even consider that they might experience a decline in health that severely limits their ability to think clearly or communicate with you.
For many families with elderly people or engaged in estate planning, power of attorney is essential, especially if the elderly person’s mental abilities are compromised. Having someone who can take care of legal and financial matters can make this part of life far easier. However, power of attorney is a sweeping grant of authority.
As a large portion of the U.S. population grows older and life expectancy continues to increase, many caregivers in their 40s and 50s are finding themselves a part of the “sandwich” generation, or those who are often caring for both their children and their aging parents.