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My in-laws hint that they aren’t financially prepared for retirement, and I think they expect us to help! What do we do? CALIGIRL54

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First, stop speculating—it’s possible they aren’t hinting at all. But your spouse should bring it up. If he’s nervous, he can invent a “friend.” As in: “My friend’s parents can’t afford to retire. Hearing that made me realize I know nothing about your plans.” Then…listen. Maybe they’ve exaggerated the problem. But if their coffers really are empty, bring in a financial planner who can create a battle plan (think: second jobs or big budget cuts) to help them save themselves.