Have You Ever Paid Off a Child’s Credit Card?

If you’ve ever had to bail your child out financially, then keep reading.

I have a list that I call the “Dirty Dozen Mistakes of Estate Planning” and #7 on the list is: Thinking your child will start being good with money later if he or she is terrible with money right now.

Inheritances can disappear fast. This is true even when a child is pretty good with their money. But what if you KNOW the child is not wise financially? Maybe you have bailed them out more than once with credit cards, overspending, etc.? You keep telling them to budget and plan ahead, but they don’t.

What will happen when they inherit from you? Do you think they’ll wake up one morning and suddenly be good with money? Don’t kid yourself. People don’t often change how they spend. Your plan needs to take steps to protect the inheritance you leave. If not, it could be gone in a flash.

If you’re concerned about how your child would handle their inheritance, take our quiz “Is My Family Ready for Their Inheritance?” or keep reading about the issue here:

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Treat Your Kids Equally

Protecting Your Family Like an NFL Lineman: 4 Risks to an Inheritance

Stop Thief! 10 Things that Can Steal from Your Estate

How to Avoid an Estate Battle After You’re Gone