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Many people are familiar with the basic benefits available to veterans, but did you know there are programs that could be beneficial tools in building a financial plan? In this article, we will discuss several programs, resources and benefits that are available to qualifying veterans that could become a piece of their financial planning puzzle.
There is nothing that can kill the romance of upcoming nuptials more quickly than your partner asking you to sign a prenuptial agreement (aka prenup). But do you know what can really kill the romance? Divorce!
I fear that for many, myself included, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are something that we don’t want to think about. At least not now. I’m healthy overall, working full-time and staying busy with my family. But our children are flying the nest and now might just be the time for me — and you — to start this dreaded, albeit crucial, planning. Moreover, it is important to know your options for aging parents or other loved ones who might be in need of more assistance.
“Cut my pie into four pieces. I don’t think I could eat eight.” – Yogi Berra
I was playing tennis last week with a buddy of mine. I texted this week to see if he was up for playing again. His response, “Can’t, I’m in the hospital. Played yesterday. Had a heart attack.” I couldn’t believe it! This is a younger, former college athlete. Talk about a wakeup call. A fall, sickness (think of how many individuals contracted an illness in the last few years) or cardiovascular issue can leave you without income temporarily or permanently. You are your greatest financial asset. Your ability to earn a living — to earn a paycheck — should be protected.
Did you know that your IRA beneficiary supersedes your will? No matter how carefully you’ve crafted your last intentions in your will, an IRA beneficiary that was never updated after your divorce and remarriage can unwittingly bestow your former spouse with your IRA inheritance, while also disinheriting your new spouse and children. That’s why it’s important to update your beneficiaries after major life changes such as marriage, divorce, births, illness, domestic issues and deaths.
When thinking about our own personal assets we have many choices. We can hold on to them (having our cake), swap them out (trading for a different cake), or sell them and buy a consumable asset (eating the cake).