Without barely a moment’s thought, you would protect your family from an immediate threat. But would you make a plan to protect them from one in the future?
It’s easy to respond to problems in the present, but it’s much more difficult to look ahead with the same urgency, especially for situations we would prefer not to think about. When an unpleasant scenario unfolds, will you be ready?
Do you ever feel like life is too automated? Maybe you’re suspicious of the cruise control feature on your car. You’re not a fan of auto-pilot on commercial flights. You prefer to know that an experienced individual has their hands on the wheel and is ready to respond to new conditions.
Some clients think their financial advisor is running on auto-pilot. They feel like they are just another step in the financial assembly line. They fill out a questionnaire, hand over their money, and then hope that they hear from someone again at some time in the future.
You have worked all your life and saved for retirement. What other planning work could possibly be left? Estate planning is not just for the ultra-wealthy. The fact is that real money will be left behind after your passing. You worked hard for that money. Shouldn’t it go to those you love or to a charity that shares your values? Make sure your money goes where you want it to be.
After years of living the “rat race”, you are looking forward to the day when you can start living on your own schedule. Being a good employee is important, but eventually you will arrive at the day when you are the boss. But do you have enough assets to enjoy your preferred lifestyle? When considering a proper retirement plan it is critical to think about the three phases of retirement planning.