What Happens? 

We’ve been asked a few questions regarding what happens to those portions of your estate that aren’t treated consistently with what you say in your will.  Many people assume wills and trusts are the pillars of a perfect estate plan. However, asset titling–the way you own an asset–is just as critical. Conflict instructions can create unintended consequences for your heirs, and results that may not be the ones you wanted.  If you state in your will that you want your home to be given to, for example, your children from a previous marriage, but the property is titled with your

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Roth IRA Vs Traditional IRA

Having just taken a look at your traditional IRA, you may be wondering if the time is now to convert it to a Roth IRA.  Choosing between a Roth and a traditional IRA requires you to estimate what your tax situation will be when you start drawing from the account. This analysis is different from person to person, and there is not a right or wrong answer necessarily.  For some, the immediate tax break of the traditional IRA might make that type of account more appealing; for others, the prospect of tax-free income in retirement makes the Roth the clear

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It’s That Time of Year

It’s usually around this time of year, when individuals are preparing paperwork for filing their tax returns, that we are asked what the deadlines for contributions are, and what happens if one spouse is non-working but still wants to make IRA contributions.  As a general rule, you have until tax day to make IRA contributions for the prior year. In 2024, that means you can contribute until April 15 toward your 2023 tax year limit of $6,500. You needn’t wait until the last minute, either, which means that as of January 1, 2024, you can also have your savings go

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The Busyness of Life

What does retirement really, truly mean? What are your plans for after you retire? We’ve been thinking about this recently. Many would define it as “retreating from the ‘busyness’ of life.”  When do you plan on retiring? How old will you be? How long do you think you’ll spend in retirement? Getting away from all the “busyness” costs money; you need to afford to not just support yourself but enjoy your retirement to the fullest.  Call us. We may have some ideas about where and how you can have sources of income you can’t outlive, an income stream that will

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Bridge the Gap

We’ve heard many times that it’s a good idea for retirees to put off receiving Social Security payments, as waiting can allow you to get more out of them than if you were to start as soon as age permits.  One way to make this more feasible is to include annuities in retirement strategies to create income during the interim years. Annuities are most commonly used by retirees as part of their retirement strategy because they provide a consistent, predictable income source you can’t outlive. Call us, and we can explain in more detail how this product works. We’re always

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Stay Active During Retirement

Retirement is a new beginning. As a new retiree, you enter a new stage of your life, where your time is now regulated by you and you alone, rather than revolving around your work.  Unfortunately, many new retirees find this isn’t what they’d expected it to be. Many people begin to feel bored, and worry about how they’ll spend their time. For some, their health begins to falter and they may even spiral into anxiety and depression.  One way to counteract this decline? Stay as healthy as possible in retirement. And living a healthier (and happier) life starts with being

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Money in College Savings Accounts Can Instead Be Put Towards Retirement

Starting in 2024, due to the Secure Act 2.0, up to $35,000 of the money in a 529 college savings account to be rolled over to a Roth IRA for the beneficiary of the 529 account. Although funds in a college savings account going unused is rare, it’s not unheard of, and now you may not have to face a penalty for withdrawing those unneeded funds.  For example, a student may decide not to attend college, or choose a more affordable school. In this scenario, the option to potentially move the money from the 529 into a Roth IRA may

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Seven Different Ways

We thought we’d bring to your attention an article recently published by AARP that discusses seven different ways retirement income will be different this year:  “For most people, retirement finance is a delicate balance between income that’s likely less than what you made while working and expenses that may be lower in some areas (no more commuting) but considerably higher in others (more prescriptions and doctor visits).” “Year-to-year changes in areas key to retiree life — Social Security benefits, Medicare premiums, tax and savings policies geared for older adults — can have a big impact on that balance, especially as

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A Sudden Influx of Cash?

Annuities are one way to leverage a sudden influx of cash that may or may not have been expected, such as a bonus, inheritance, or sale of a small asset you had never factored into your financial profile. The reason they can be leveraged is because, unlike traditional tax-advantaged retirement or ‘qualified’ accounts, annuities have no contribution or income limits. However, they still allow your money to potentially grow tax-deferred until you begin receiving distributions. Call us if you’d like to understand how moving these types of funds into an annuity might positively impact your retirement strategy. We’re always here

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Retirement With $5 Million

There was a recent report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute on an analysis of retirement accounts using the 2018 Survey of Consumer Finances. According to the analysis, a $5 million retirement nest egg puts you in the top 0.1% of households. Then, the question becomes: what does $5 million buy you in retirement? What is the best use of that money?  If you’re looking for the best ways to allocate your retirement savings, reach out to us. We might be able to help by pointing you toward options you weren’t previously aware of. Want to secure lifetime income for

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