The One Where There’s a Difference Between Expecting and *Expecting* an Inheritance

None of us are ready to imagine a future without our parents in it. Full stop, fingers crossed, wood knocked, etc, etc. We’d all prefer to have our parents around until we die, thankyouverymuch, with no inheritance to speak of because they spent every last red cent on living long, healthy lives.

But – since this is the darkest timeline and our parents won’t be around forever – should we be accounting for their money in our financial plans? Is it silly to pretend that there will be nothing (unless there really will be nothing)?

In this episode, we’re talking inheritances: who expects one, who doesn’t, whether we should incorporate them into our financial plans today, and the difference is between expecting an inheritance and expecting an inheritance.

Because Money Podcast Team

Sandi Martin

Sandi Martin


Sandi Martin is a financial planner at Spring Financial Planning, and works with regular folks to figure out what they want their money to do for them and the simplest, smartest way to do it. She’s an occasional blogger, mother of three, and frequent, loud laugher (you’ll see).

Chris Enns

Chris Enns


Chris Enns is a financial planner at Rags to Reasonable, where he works with artists and other folks with variable and sometimes unusual sources of income. He is a passionate servant of his community, a Mennonite farm boy, an opera singer and actor…and he makes  a mean pie. Just try to avoid seeing his desktop. (Chaos! Anarchy!)

John Robertson

John Robertson


John Robertson, PhD, is the author of The Value of Simple and teaches regular people how to become DIY investors through his online course Practical Index Investing for Canadians. He also investigates deep money questions and goes on rants on his blog Oh yeah, he’s a scientist too. #smartestguyintheroom  (He didn’t write that last part.)

MuhammadYasir Dewji

MuhammadYasir Dewji


MuhammadYasir Dewji is a software developer, a new-ish father, and – if you can believe it – MYD just showed up in Jackson’s inbox one day last spring, offering to convert past seasons to audio files and turn this thing into an actual podcast. He’s just that nice. (We knew he’d fit in because he’s facing the same way in his profile picture.)

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