I recently read a Huffington post article about the need for women to plan their estates as if they were single. And that got me thinking about how, despite our best efforts to plan, life just has a way of constantly changing. Children grow up, we get old, and even families slip away, or change over time.
I work with families to craft estate plans all of the time, and it’s hard enough to get them to focus on the inevitability of death. Let alone the possibility that one of them is likely to survive the other, and live alone in old age. But from now on, I will try and do a better job to get that idea on the table, too.
Statistics tell us that it’s likely to be the woman who survives. According to a U.S. Census report, 80% of women will survive their husbands. And it’s pretty common knowledge that close to half of marriages ultimately fail.