Legal issues that impact financial security include topics such as: property ownership, estate planning, advance directives for health care, and guardianship for minor children.
Many Americans die without a will or advanced health directives. Several factors are often cited for this lack of preparation. Many people believe that property will pass on to their heirs under state law in a manner they would like. Some just never get around to making specific legal arrangements to protect their survivors. Other reasons frequently mentioned include: believing that assets are not large enough to warrant transfer tax liability; thinking that estate planning is not important for young adults; concern about the costs of preparing wills and important documents; and discomfort in discussing end-of-life issues with family members.
For additional background and research related to financial security in later life, visit the Financial Security in Later Life Website at http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fsll. Select ‘Tools for Educator’ and then go to ‘Background and Supporting Research’.
To complete the online, interactive program, Legally Secure Your Financial Future, go to the Learning Lessons and select that program.
- Legally Secure Your Financial Future
- Organize Your Important Household Papers
- Communicate Your Advance Directives for Health Care
- Prepare Your Estate Plan
- Financial Security: Legal Topics
- Legal Topics
- Legal Topics Research
- Glossary Terms