Estate planning can raise a host of important questions;some of the most troubling are emotional in nature.
For example: Who should inherit what? Should you disclose the content of your bequests before you die?
Naturally, there are no black-and-white answers.
To get a feel for how Americans feel about these issues,Neuberger & Berman,a New York investment firm,sponsored a survey. Here are some of the findings:
* 78 percent said inheritances can cause conflicts among loved ones.
* 58 percent said can avoid conflicts by revealing the contents of your final wishes before you die.
* 66 percent said that people should take care of their own needs first,then leave inheritances if assets are left.
* 75 percent said they felt some obligation to provide for loved ones.
* 69 percent said they would consider giving away assets while they were still alive.