Younger people often think that they will inherit a much larger sum from their parents, than they actually will.
When researchers talk to younger generations about how much of an inheritance they think they will receive, the responses often surprise them. Young people often think the money they receive after their parents pass away, will be enough for them to pay off their bills, buy a home, take vacations and/or have enough for their own retirements.
This is true all over the world.
However, those same researchers find a different story when they talk to the parents of those children.
As you might imagine, the research reveals that the children's expectations are unrealistic, as The Independent points out in "The truth about your inheritance."
The article quotes some alarming statistics that are specific to the U.K., but the same general idea applies in the United States. Older Americans do not expect to leave their children as much as the children think.
There are several reasons for this. For example, the parents may not have as much money as the children think or they may also prefer to spend the money on their own things rather than leaving it for their children.
Another thing to consider is that people are generally living longer, which means they have to spend more of their nest eggs for their own daily expenses.
Both parents and children should take note of this issue.
Older Americans can get estate plans that help make sure their children get something. The children can also make sure that they save their own money for retirement, instead of relying on an inheritance.
Reference: The Independent (Jan. 25, 2017) "The truth about your inheritance."