Tag Archives: Financial Planning

I’ve GOT a will…

But I made it two spouses, three children, and two businesses ago.  When your life changes, your estate plan should ideally keep up with those changes.  You do not need to revise a will every time something changes in your life –many documents are drafted to take some changes into account.  However, as part of your financial planning, you should revisit your estate plan every 3-5 years, and definitely in the case of a divorce or marriage

Divorce:  In some states marriage or divorce nullifies a will, health care proxy or power of attorney.  In other cases it may not.  If you and your spouse are on good terms and you want him or her to make the decisions about your medical care, it is best to revise your health care proxy to make it clear that this is your desire.  Similarly, you may not want your soon to be former spouse to have the ability to write checks from your bank account, but even if divorce nullifies a power of attorney, simply being in the process of divorcing will not.  Revoke or change your health care proxy, will, and power of attorney if you realize that your spouse is no longer a trusted partner and you are heading your separate ways.

Wills, trusts, health care proxies and powers of attorney are powerful documents; take a look at them from time to time and be sure they are still relevant to your life.

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Retirement medical costs…

Fidelity Investments recently released a report heralding an 8% drop in medical expenses that a couple retiring in 2011 would expect to pay.  See Full Report.  That’s good news, the bad news is that this is still expected to top $230,000 and that’s a number that’s likely to grow.   A visit to your retirement planner is in order if you aren’t factoring this into your savings.  If you need names of reputable financial advisors who specialize in retirement planning, I’m happy to share the names of those I work with here on the North Shore.  Call or e-mail if you need a referral.  bridget@bmurraylaw.com

And all my contact info can be found at www.bmurraylaw.com

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