Retirement Planning Info
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle. Lots of interlocking pieces to fit together that require your skill, ability, ingenuity, and patience that, once assembled, creates a picture. Once you have figured out how all the pieces fit together, you feel a sense of accomplishment and you are rewarded by the picture the puzzle creates. You now know how retirement planning works.
Consider the pieces of the retirement planning puzzle.
Retirement Planning Factors
A piece of the retirement puzzle can be gifts to Treasure Coast Hospice. There are many ways you can support Treasure Coast Hospice that coordinate well with your retirement planning.
- You can give now or make provisions for a gift from your estate at your passing.You can make a gift and receive generous retirement income.
- If you are 70 and a half or older you can make a tax-free gift from your IRA account.
- You can give now or make provisions for a gift from your estate at your passing.
We would welcome the opportunity to provide information for how this piece of the puzzle can fit into your overall retirement plan.
Income & Savings
The topic that generates the most interest and anxiety for those contemplating retirement is financial planning. How much income will you need? Will your savings and investments last for the rest of your life? In short, will you have enough?
Sources of income:
- Investment accounts
- Retirement plan accounts
- Social Security
How long your assets will last in retirement is a function of how much money you need to live on. Plan a budget for anticipated financial needs during retirement. Some expenses will be less as your work-life ends, but some expenses may be more such as healthcare costs.
Insurance (Other Than Medical)
Your insurance needs will likely change in retirement. Perhaps you will be driving less and can get a discounted rate for car insurance. Review all existing insurance policies to determine if they meet your needs in retirement, or could premiums be reduced.
You may have been your own financial advisor up to now. The rules of the game change in retirement, so having professional advice may be prudent. Some investment companies are offering financial advisors at discounted fees. The savings can be considerable.
If you have estate planning documents, they should be reviewed as you approach retirement. If you do not have estate planning documents, you need them now more than ever. It is prudent to have competent legal counsel prepare these documents.
- Beneficiary designations
- Charitable giving
- Children from prior marriages
- Distribution of assets as you wish
- Inheritance and estate taxes
- Probate vs. non-probate assets
- Special needs of heirs
- Advance healthcare directive (living will)
- Financial power of attorney
- Living trust
- Medical power of attorney Will
Happiness should be your ultimate goal in retirement. That means different things to different people. Discover what it means for you, and then do it!
In all likelihood your medical insurance needs will change in retirement. You may qualify for Medicare depending on your age at retirement. What are your options for medical insurance and what will the cost be?
- Coverage options under Medicare
- Dental insurance
- Supplemental medical insurance plans
Long-Term Care Insurance
Do you want or need long-term care insurance? What are the options and possible consequences if you choose not to have this insurance? What are the costs?
Health Care Documents
Do you have a health care power of attorney? An advance healthcare directive (living will)?
How you spend your retirement years should be guided by your passions. You may go through phases in retirement and your interests may change. The key is to use your time with activities that give you satisfaction and a sense of purpose.
- New career
- Part-time work
- Time with family
Where to Live
Once you are retired you can live anywhere, budgetary considerations notwithstanding. What geographic location will give you the lifestyle you desire? Where you choose to live may change in later retirement years. Consider a trial run before making a permanent commitment.
- Close to family
- Different seasonal locations
- Foreign country
- On a boat
- Return to the city of your childhood
- Warmer climate
Type of Living Environment
Give serious consideration to the living environment you choose, as you may find what sounds appealing in theory does not suit you in reality. Key elements in choosing a living environment are your health and changing physical needs.
- Condominium or co-op
- Downsized residence
- Garden community or hi-rise
- Living with family
- Rental apartment
- Your current residence