If the company you selected to manage your IRA or other retirement account is sold or merges with another company, consider submitting a fresh beneficiary designation form. Today I had yet another scenario where the IRA custodian could not locate the beneficiary form post-merger and it is going to make a difference. When completing the form, in addition to the primary … [Read more...] about Confirm Your Retirement Account Beneficiaries
Planning for Retirement: Federal Employees
Federal employees thinking about retiring before 2020 need to get planning. Now. My clients frequently ask about preparing for their retirement. I’m all about planning. Getting prepared for what might be ahead is a wise way to go. As Benjamin Franklin told us, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Federal employees are being advised to plan for their retirement … [Read more...] about Planning for Retirement: Federal Employees
How Livable is Your Community to Those 50+?
If you are thinking about where you want to live in retirement or how to make your community more friendly to an aging population, the AARP has created an online tool for you. The goal of the AARP Livability Index is to identify the most livable places. It is based on interviews with 4,500 Americas who are at least age 50 and data was collected from Census information, … [Read more...] about How Livable is Your Community to Those 50+?
Retired and Considering Remarrying? Consider how Social Security benefits will change
For three in four single retirees more than half of their income comes from Social Security. A divorced retiree who was married for at least a decade is entitled to spousal Social Security benefits, the same as if they were still married. The benefits are available even if the ex-spouse remarries. That eligibility ends when the divorced retiree remarries. The benefits are no … [Read more...] about Retired and Considering Remarrying? Consider how Social Security benefits will change
Do I Have Enough to Retire?
Clients frequently ask me this question. My response is generally that my licenses are to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, not give financial advice. I encourage them to seek professional guidance as they work through developing an answer to their question. What about those online calculators? Search for “retirement calculator” and Google … [Read more...] about Do I Have Enough to Retire?