The good news is...

we are living longer.

The earlier you consider long-term care coverage, the cheaper it will be.

What if

You become disabled and unable to work?

What would you and your family do for income?

Are you ready for retirement?

Preparing for your future is vital.

Most people have not sufficiently saved or planned for their lives in retirement.

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Annuities

With Americans living longer, and fewer employers offering pension plans, annuities have become increasingly popular. An annuity can be a great investment for your future.

Planning

Financial goals may include both saving for retirement and saving for a specific purpose. Some investments can be long-term. Others perhaps need to be more liquid.

Specialty Insurance

Whether your employer gives you a choice of plans or you need to purchase your own coverage, it is crucial that you understand your health insurance choices.

Children are the future. We need to plan for their future and we need to protect it. As the saying goes, it will be here before we know it. A family’s insurance and financial needs will grow and change over time as we take steps to manage our finances; and protect our property and lifestyle against significant changes in our life or health.

Life

Couples should take a close look at life insurance once children arrive. This is when it hits home that others are depending on you and your income. You want to be sure the family has the resources to maintain the home and have all the opportunities you want them to if you are not there. If you don’t have a strong savings program, a small life insurance policy on your children may make sense.

Health

Most people get their health insurance through an employer. These plans include family members. Medical inflation is rising dramatically today and employers are increasing the amount they expect workers to pay as they cope with health care costs. Families with two working spouses should compare coverage, co-pays and costs and choose the best mix that offers the best coverage for the least amount of money.

Disability

When you are a relatively younger, you are four times more likely to be disabled than to die. Thankfully, neither one is likely, but it is something to strongly consider, particularly if your lifestyle would be threatened if you are physically unable to work. Most large companies offer group disability coverage. Small companies may or may not have similar coverage.

Long-Term Care

Middle age is the best time to consider whether to buy long-term care insurance. This is when you will most likely to be eligible and when the premiums will be the lowest. A healthy 65 year-old person can expect to pay between $2,000 and $3000 a year for a policy that covers nursing home and home care.

Financial Planning

If kids were born with a price tag on how much they cost through age 21, we’d undoubtedly have a moment of sticker shock. But once children come into our lives, it’s time to really get serious about a savings program. A major issue for families with children is how to best prepare to send the kids to college. The cost of tuition and room and board for four years now approaches $40,000 for public universities and exceeds $73,000 for private schools. In general, most students qualify for some kind of financial aid. But the current budget squeeze is requiring schools to raise tuition to close budget gaps, so costs are increasing in double-digits in many cases. There are a variety of plans available that are geared towards educational expenses, from the Coverdale IRA to 529 Plans. Depending on qualifying levels of income, contributions to these accounts may be tax deductible. In both cases, money grows tax-deferred. In both cases, proceeds are not taxed if used for qualifying educational expenses. Families looking for additional ways to shelter income can also look at Uniform Gift to Minors accounts. Parents serve as custodians during the early years, but when your kids reach the age of 18, the money is theirs and they can spend it any way they want.

retirement planning

Retirement Planning

By the time you retire, your accumulated wealth is probably at its height. The challenge now is to manage your assets so that they last as long as you do. Insurance still plays an important role at this stage of your life.

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financial planning

Financial Planning

Establishing a solid financial foundation should be a priority, including insurance in the mix. It’s important to understand what affects the cost and availability of insurance.

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College Funding

A major issue for families with children is how to best prepare to send the kids to college. The cost of tuition and room and board for four years now approaches $40,000 for public universities and exceeds $73,000 for private schools.

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domestic partners

Domestic Partners

It makes sense to consult with a financial advisor who is experienced in domestic partnerships. Most individual retirement accounts require you to specify a beneficiary. The last thing you want is a family feud over your estate after you are gone.

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employment change

Employment Change

Many people obtain certain kinds of insurance through their employment, particularly health and disability coverage. Larger businesses may also offer retirement benefits, such as a 401(k) account. When changing jobs, rearranging coverage and finding out which accounts are portable becomes very important.

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Life Stages

Single

Single

You are part of the work force and...

Married

Married

The joining together of two lives i...

Domestic Partners

Domestic Partners

Since insurance and domestic partne...

Raising Children

Raising Children

Children are the future. We need to...

Students

Students

When a teenager gets a license, it’...

Employment Change

Employment Change

Many people obtain certain kinds of...

Senior Years

Senior Years

By the time you retire, your accumu...

Divorced

Divorced

Since nearly half of all marriages...