Many of the country's wealthiest people have not taken basic steps to protect their assets or mapped out an estate plan, according to a recent survey by wealth management firm PNC Advisors.
The poll, which surveyed 792 affluent Americans - including 500 high-net-worth individuals - found that 37 percent of those queried with $10 million or more in investable assets do not have a will, health care proxy or trust, and have not named a trustee or administrator for their estate.
The poll gauged attitudes about wealth among high-net-worth individuals, including concerns that their children will grow up spoiled, pressure to meet philanthropic obligations, anxiety over appropriate care for parents, or uncertainty about future financial security.
Fewer than half (46 percent) of respondents said that they have become happier as they accumulated more money. Nearly one third (29 percent) of those respondents with more than $10 million in investable assets agreed that having a lot of money brings more problems than it solves, and 33 percent agreed that having enough money is a constant worry in their life.
Half (49 percent) of those polled who have children at home worried that their kids will grow up feeling "entitled," and 44 percent believed that their children are spoiled.
Just under one third (29 percent) of respondents encouraged their children to take after-school jobs.
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