Estate Planning Issues You Need to Think About if You’re a Single Retiree

Anyone browsing the available information on estate planning may notice that much of it is devoted towards married people, or those with children and grandchildren. For single people, especially single retirees who are not parents, you may sometimes feel as if you’ve been left out of estate planning materials. While it’s true that many of these materials don’t spend a lot of time focusing on you, there are some particular issues you will want to pay special attention to as you make your own plan.

Elder Care

As a single retiree gets older he or she may, just like anyone else, require additional help and support. When you don’t have a spouse or close family members to rely on, finding a good source of support is often difficult. This is why it’s especially important for single retirees to approach estate planning earlier than their married counterparts. If you suddenly need the help and cannot find it, this will be far more difficult than if you had planned ahead.

Power of Attorney

Estate plans often incorporate various types of powers of attorney. Through a power of attorney you get to choose someone else who can act as your representative and make decisions on your behalf. If you are single and don’t have children or other close family members, you will need to choose another representative whom you can rely upon. This can be anyone you like, including a close friend, distant family member, or even a professional advisor.

Author Bio

Catherine Hammond is the CEO and founder of Hammond Law Group, a Colorado-based estate planning law firm she founded in 2005. With a strong focus on protecting families from the legal consequences of disability and death, she creates comprehensive estate plans that minimize taxes, costs, and government interference.

A native of Denver, Catherine completed her undergraduate studies at Coe College in Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, concentrating on estate planning, tax, and mediation. Catherine is a member of various professional organizations, including WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, and the Purposeful Planning Institute. Beyond her legal expertise, Catherine provides transformational coaching to support clients and their families through life transitions.

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