During 2014 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that, for the first time in recorded U.S. history, the percentage of unmarried adults surpassed those who are married. While nationally, an estimated 50.2 percent of U.S. adults are single, the number of single adults in large metropolitan areas tends to be higher. In New York City, for example, a survey by NerdWallet found that 57.84 percent of the adult population is single. This percentage was significantly higher in other large cities including Washington D.C., with 70.27 percent and Boston where 69.32 percent of adults are single.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current life expectancy in the U.S. is roughly 78 years. Additionally, a recent Gallup poll revealed that the average retirement age in the U.S. is 62. This means that, on average, an individual must ensure that he or she has enough retirement savings to account for both the planned and unplanned events during the 16 or so years after he or she retires.
By now, most New York City residents have likely heard about former NBA player Lamar Odom's recent serious health scare. After being found unconscious due to a suspected drug overdose, Odom was rushed to a Nevada hospital where doctors reportedly questioned whether or not he would survive.
If you've just started putting your estate plan together, then you likely have a lot of questions. Don't worry. You're not alone. Properly laying out an estate plan takes time and a lot of effort on your part. It also requires a deep understanding of the law as well, which is not something everyone has. Questions, therefore, are a natural part of establishing an estate plan - questions that are best directed toward an experienced estate planning attorney.
Anyone who has ever witnessed the physical demise of a loved one understands the tremendous emotional and mental pain and sadness that are tied to such an event. In cases where the life of a parent, spouse or adult child hangs in the balance after a serious heart attack or car accident, family members often agonize over questions and decisions related to what a loved one would want with regard to life-saving interventions.
When it comes to estate planning, there's often a lot of focus on taking steps to provide for a surviving spouse or child. These discussions often leave many single adults feeling left out and scratching their heads wondering how estate planning applies to them and their individual concerns and circumstances.
We all go through many stages and experiences in life—some good and others painful. From births, marriages and financial successes to deaths, divorces and financial hardships; we are constantly forced to evaluate our current situation and to make changes and adjustments accordingly.
Whether it's donating time at a local shelter, raising money to help fight a disease or exerting energy to build homes for those in need, people from all walks of life choose to make charitable endeavors an important part of their everyday lives.
One of the great misunderstandings about estate plans is that people think an estate plan is a single document, a self-contained contract that outlines everything and anything relating to an individual's estate. To the contrary, estate plans are made up of many different documents, provisions and contracts -- and one of these documents is the will.
On Friday, our blog discussed how those people inching ever closer to retirement age -- aka Baby Boomers -- need to expand their focus beyond retirement planning and ensure that they have an estate plan in place to protect the substantial assets they've accumulated over a lifetime of hard work.