Benjamin Franklin is widely credited with saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
To make it possible for voluntary retirement savings to keep up with inflation, the various numerical limits embedded within qualified retirement plans are indexed for inflation.
The new year is a perfect time to review and update your financial resolutions. Here are some things to consider as you plan for 2021 and beyond.
It doesn’t matter what your financial status is or if you’re married, single, or have children. A will is a necessity.
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A study of adult development has been carried out at Harvard for roughly the last century. Three groups have been tracked: 268 Harvard graduates born about 1920; 90 middle-class gifted women born about 1910; and 456 social disadvantaged men from inner cities born about 1930. Some of the results of the study were reported in Business Insider.
As important as estate planning is, that has long been a hard sell for most Americans. A 2017 survey by Caring.com revealed that only 42% of U.S. adults had a will or a living trust in place.
Put your beneficiaries first. The traditional “hot button” that has motivated people to see their lawyers about estate planning is taxation. Death taxes—inheritance taxes, estate taxes, federal taxes, state taxes—have taken a notorious toll on unplanned estates over the years. With sound planning, that burden can be lightened or even eliminated. In many cases, the tax savings easily cover the cost of the attorney’s fees for creating the estate plan.