multi generational family thanksgivnig Communication about finances between family, spousesstill is a problem for retirement planning. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Families contemplating the leaving or receiving of an inheritance, and partners contemplatingretirement after the death of one partner, still have a lot of roomfor improvement around communicating their intentions or securing apartner's future.

So says a Hearts & Wallets study,which highlights the fact that while people leaving an inheritancemight want to talk about it more than they have already, beneficiaries can be reluctant to raise thetopic for fear of seeming greedy—although they'd like to know moreabout what lies ahead.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.