GenZ and Millennials have both delayed Estate Planning
GenZ and Millennials have struggled in their financial and professional lives. This affects how well (or how diligently) they plan for their estate. Estate planning is a critical aspect of financial responsibility, ensuring that an individual’s assets and wishes are protected and distributed according to their desires after they pass away. However, despite the importance of having a last will, many Millennials and Generation Z individuals are noticeably hesitant to engage in estate planning. In this article, we explore some key reasons why younger generations may delay or overlook the creation of their last wills, shedding light on the underlying factors that contribute to this trend.
One significant reason why Millennials and GenZ individuals may delay estate planning is a perceived lack of urgency. Younger generations often feel they have ample time before needing to address matters of inheritance or asset distribution. Focused on building their careers, establishing financial stability, or starting families, they may underestimate the importance of estate planning and assume it can be addressed at a later stage in life. However, unexpected circumstances can arise, emphasizing the need for early planning to protect their assets and loved ones.
Many Millennials and GenZ individuals are still in the early stages of their careers, accumulating assets and building their wealth. With limited financial resources, they may perceive estate planning as unnecessary or assume that their assets are not significant enough to warrant a last will. However, even modest possessions, sentimental items, and digital assets can hold personal and emotional value. Creating a last will ensures that these assets are protected and distributed according to their wishes.
Estate planning can be a complex and intimidating subject, particularly for those who have had limited exposure to it. The lack of education and awareness surrounding the importance and process of estate planning can contribute to younger generations’ reluctance to engage in this task. Understanding the benefits, legal implications, and available options for estate planning can help demystify the process and encourage millennials and GenZ individuals to take the necessary steps to create their last wills.