This is an article adapted from the personal finance website, Nerdwallet.
As a Millennial myself, this article really touches close to home. Everyone needs an Estate Plan and many Millennials are starting families, creating businesses, investing in real estate, etc.
Ask people to write down a list of their plans and it’s likely to be chock-full of career accomplishments and vacation experiences. Graduating, getting a great job, getting married, starting a family, buying a home, and traveling are likely to be high on the list.
Odds are Estate Planning isn’t high on the list.
It’s not a surprise that people in their 20s and 30s wouldn’t have estate planning at the top of their mind.
The creation of legal documents such as living wills, last wills and testaments, powers of attorney for medical and financial well-being, and potential trusts is a foreign concept to many people, especially those who aren’t married or don’t have children.
Many people assume you don’t need to work on those plans until your 50s or 60s.
The truth is . . . planning now saves you time and money later on.
The Millennial view of money
Many Millennials have embarked on parenthood, care giving and other stressful responsibilities. But they tend to view money from an entirely different perspective from preceding generations. Growing up in the shadow of the recession and under the weight of sometimes crippling student loan debt, many Millennials are responsible with their finances, contrary to sky-is-falling reports. As we juggle student loans, young family expenses, and startup or freelancing jobs, our estate plan changes and the need for a plan grows.
Being good with money, though, isn’t enough. Part of being fiscally responsible is planning for the long-term. More than 60% of Americans don’t have a will, according to a 2015 Harris Poll.
Most Americans don’t have long-term care insurance. Good news for Millennials, the premiums are cheap now.
The benefits of estate planning
No matter where you are in your financial life, you need an estate plan.
Will. Medical Power of Attorney, Financial Power of Attorney, Physician’s Directive.
Those are the big four.
For those with children, a good estate plan lets you appoint a guardian for your children should something ever happen to you.
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