If you want to pass a proper legacy and be comprehensively prepared for all the contingencies that you may face during the latter stages of your life, it is wise to think long-term. You hear people throw around the term "luck" quite a bit, but the wise individual knows that you make your own luck. When you see people who are enjoying a comfortable retirement while being able to leave significant bequests to their loved ones they probably didn't find themselves in this position by accident.
Yes, there are people who win the lottery and there are a few who come from very wealthy families. But for the most part, successful people devise intelligent long-term plans and stick to them. If you stick your head in the sand and simply hope for the best you may find yourself completely unprepared as you near what most people would consider to be the typical retirement age.
In fact, you may be surprised to hear just how unprepared a lot of people are. There was a poll conducted recently by AP-LifeGoesStrong.com that was intended to get an idea of how prepared baby boomers are for retirement. One fourth of the people who responded had no retirement savings at all, and a similar percentage said that they would never retire. Because of the fact that the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age 10,000 people are applying for Social Security every day, and this is supposed to go on for the next 20 years.
So when you combine the facts above you can see that large numbers of people are completely unprepared for retirement. Long-term planning is the key to being able to meet your financial responsibilities when you reach an advanced age while retaining a suitable legacy to pass on to your loved ones. If you do not currently have a solid long-term plan in place, now is the time to get in touch with an experienced legacy planning attorney to arrange for an initial consultation.