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What should my elderly parents do with their only asset, a liquid $250K?

I'm seeking as many opinions as I can get from people with knowledge of financial advising and/or trusts & estates and/or estate planning, about what my parents (in their 80s) ought to do with their $250,000 in liquid assets. I'm NOT looking for the kind of detailed plan we'd get from an advisor whom we hire; I'm looking for short, quite general, common sense answers (such as "These ONE OR TWO types of instruments are good/bad; all others are to be avoided/considered.") I'm also looking for as many answers as I can get. In order to get that assortment of answers, I want to disclose only a very few specific things about the folks: 1. they currently rent an apartment; they do not own a home. 2. they are in their 80s--relatively healthy and can drive, shop, take care of themselves, but I'm not sure how long that'll last. I'd like to see them in a retirement community within a couple years. 3. Their only income (which doesn't amount to much) is social security. 4. They lose about $2,100 in total expenses every month. That's just about equal to what they take in each month. 5. Their one and only significant asset is a liquid $250,000. Okay, at their age, and considering all the above, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL THING(s) THEY SHOULD DO WITH THAT LUMP OF LIQUID MONEY? THANK YOU from their worried adult child with a family of my own!
posted by losdavos on Oct 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Drawing showing bonus FAR on a real building.

In New York, and many other cities, developers can build bigger buildings than would otherwise be allowed, as long as they provide amenities such as parks, schools, affordable housing, etc. I want to show students how this works by providing a photo or drawing of a real building, annotated to show how much of the height is due to these bonuses. For example, a drawing of a 50 story building, where the first 30 floors are unannotated, but then 30-35 are labeled "plaza," 35-40 "affordable housing units," 40-45 "subway entrance" and so on. I want it to be from a real building, and clear enough to show via a projector. I'm surprised this doesn't already exist, but I've done plenty of searching and can't find it.
posted by lenore on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

How to decide when kids are old enough to inherit

What's a good way to decide the age(s) at which grown children will receive their inheritance? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Mar 15, 2010 - 30 answers

Is setting up a will/trust without spouse consent a bad idea?

Want to set up a will/trust without spouse consent. Is it a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Using www.legalzoom.com for a will?

Anyone had a will prepared through www.legalzoom.com? Care to share how it went? Or have recommendations to another online "will mill", or strong arguments against using one? [more inside]
posted by de void on Oct 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Estate Planning for the clueless.

What are the advantages and problems involved with buying my father in law's home? [more inside]
posted by sperare on Apr 2, 2006 - 3 answers

How can my father set up his estate to include a missing (by choice) son?

As executor, I'm helping my retired father set up his estate. Everything is pretty cut & dried with the exception of my brother. We have no idea where he is and whether he is even alive. How should my father account for him in his will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2005 - 7 answers

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