As a business owner, you spend a lot of time working to make your business succeed. But have you spent the time to protect it or the “golden egg” your business has laid?
With around 80 million Baby Boomers in retirement or entering retirement, it doesn’t matter if you are one of them or part of Generation X, you might not be able to obtain the same pensions and government benefits your parents enjoyed, thereby placing a much larger burden on your own children and bringing them into the same club.
When it comes to funding college education there is not a one size fits all formula. Planning early for college can be life changing. Not only are there possibilities to graduate with a thriving sense of purpose, but also better health and increased financial security. When paired with the college education, stepping stones are created for a successful future.
Many individuals make the assumption that money is about money. Well, it is and it isn’t. Money is a tool…but how it is earned, saved, invested, maximized, leveraged, taxed, lost, protected, spent, given, or inherited can be done in a million different ways. How can the word on the street be the right thing for you, your unique situation, your family dynamics, your past, your future, your goals, your feelings about risk?
The only guarantee is that there are no guarantees in life. When you retire there is no guarantee what the next three years will be. And, if you are retired, there is no guarantee what the next three years will be. The key is to plan for just this.
Have you considered your marital status during retirement – and its financial and social impact on you? According to the US Census Bureau, 42.4% of people over age 65 were single in 2015 and 1 in 4 of those was a widow or a widower. So whether you are already single or believe you will never be single - this is for you.
I urge you to consider long-term care planning as a chapter in your estate plan. Yes, long-term care insurance is lousy, but it may be the only option. Would be worth giving up ½ of 1% of the return on your estate to protect your estate? Just remember plan for it when you don’t need it, because when you do need it; it will be too late.
According to the US Bureau of Census, 1,300 new blended families form every day. Sadly, too many estate planners employ a canned estate plan that only employs solutions for traditional families when simply traditional planning does not work!