While you may not have to step in and give your parents money to help them pay their bills, there may come a time when you have to help them get their finances in order as part of estate planning. How do you broach and handle this delicate subject?
Kiplinger has several tips that you can use. Help your aging parents help themselves to financial peace of mind during their golden years in Florida.
This is a conversation to have while your parents are of sound mind and body. You can tie the topic into a discussion about estate planning. Alternatively, you can put your parents at ease by relating how you handle your own financial planning and how you want them to enjoy the same benefits.
Know when to step in
There may come a time when you have to take more control over your mom and dad’s finances. Doing so involves taking a deep dive into your parent’s bank accounts, assets, insurance policies, debts and the like so that you know to do and when. Decide on a payment schedule for bills and a payment plan for debts.
Consider becoming a durable power of attorney
You will have an easier time paying bills, accessing financial accounts and making other financial decisions if you become a durable power of attorney. While you can act as a conservator or guardian for your parents after they become incapacitated, this avenue takes considerably longer than having your parents voluntarily name you as a durable power of attorney or a successor trustee.
Discussions regarding money are hardly ever easy, but that does not make them any less necessary. Save your parents and yourself some potential future frustration by learning how to help them with their finances.