One problem that many of us probably wish we had, but which really can be a curse, is having a potentially corrupting amount of money to leave to our kids. This article contains some interesting thoughts on the problem of too much inheritance. Money quote:
Before you carry through with your “fait accompli,” consider this: Whether in life or in death, everything you give your child you take something away. People have needs and wants. Money, without carefully drafted instructions and guidelines, can change wants into needs. Not too often do you hear about a person using the money they inherited to pay down or pay off their mortgage, or donate money to their church’s hunger relief project? More often you hear about somebody blowing their inheritance on frivolous desires. And if mom and dad die suddenly while the children are young adults, just imagine handing one of your kids $100,000 today. What result would you expect?