How much is there? Where is it? Who controls it? Discussing finances may be among the most difficult conversations a family may have but become increasingly important as we age. Bridging the gap between generations to talk about money can be awkward, embarrassing and frustrating for everyone.
Elderly adults may not be ready to have their adult children become their physical or financial caregivers and many seniors fiercely guard their financial privacy, perhaps to protect their loved ones or out of fear of loosing their independence. While those feelings are completely understandable, NJ Newsroom recently pointed out some of the perils of poor fiscal planning, such as inability to access bank accounts to pay bills if your name is not on the account or you may not be authorized to sell your home if your are both on the deed but your spouse is incapacitated.
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