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Broken ties: The impact of family estrangement on estate planning

Season 2 Episode 38

Broken ties: The impact of family estrangement on estate planning

According to a survey by the Cornell Family Reconciliation Project, 27% of Americans, approximately 68 million people, are now estranged from their family. In this episode of Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean and wealth planner Andy Smith address the financial side of estrangement and the estate planning challenges for changing family dynamics including multigenerational wealth transfer. Later in the episode, Erin Smith, a director of estate planning at Edelman Financial Engines, joins the conversation to explain the main components of an estate plan and why everyone should have one, especially those with complicated family situations.


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The use of trusts and estate planning involves a complex web of state laws, tax rules and regulations. The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as estate, legal or tax advice. Although some of the statistical information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. You should consult with your financial advisor and tax or legal professional to help determine the best options for your particular circumstances.

This show is pre-recorded.

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Meet the host: Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky came to personal finance not as an economist or a financial planner but as a journalist who dug into the topic of money to get her own money in order as well as to earn a paycheck. She has the innate ability to take the complicated world of money and explain it in ways we can all understand. And this has never been more important than now because we all have more responsibility for our financial lives than any generation that came before us. Aside from hosting Everyday Wealth™, Jean is the CEO of HerMoney.com and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky. The financial editor of NBC's TODAY show for 25 years and the financial ambassador for AARP, she appears frequently on CNN and MSNBC and was a recurring guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

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