A law firm decided to put an end to this, and publish everyone's salary. Rather than eliminate problems, it created more. "He's making more than me? He's an idiot!" someone might think. Better not to know, in some instances. And that is the problem with unionism. Since each person knows what the other is making, one worker gets resentful when he sees another slacking off. "Hey, if he gets $30 an hour and just goofs off, then I should goof off too!" The union workplace rapidly becomes a race to the bottom. But I digress.
It is sad, but I meet folks waiting around for their parents to die, thinking they are going to inherit a fortune and never have to work again. Sometimes, this works out. Other times, they are shocked to discover that their parents left them a house - but no means to even pay the taxes on it.
Even when Mom & Dad leave a considerable sum, there is the spending problem. As I noted in an earlier posting, for a lot of people a "million dollars" sounds like a lot of money. So they get an inheritance and blow through it in short order. Kind of hard to feel sorry for that.
But odds are, you won't have to worry about that scenario. Your folks aren't as wealthy as you think they are. They may have a nice house and all, but it is paid for, and what is supporting them is not vast riches, but Social Security, pensions, and a small amount of savings - which can go a long way for them, once they retired - but may not be enough for you to retire on.