The perils of eschewing estate planning

Even though 2 out of 3 people believe you should have a will by age 55 or sooner, less than half of people 55 or older actually have one, according to’s 2023 Wills Survey. In this episode of Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean and wealth planner Isabel Barrow discuss why it's essential to have plans in place in order to pass on your wealth and legacy to the next generation and some common pitfalls to avoid. Later in the episode, Jean and Isabel answer an email from a listener about gifting, and are then joined by Erin Smith, the director of estate planning at Edelman Financial Engines, to talk about what specifically your estate plan should include and how often it should be updated.


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