What will your retirement look like?
Even if you’re among the most methodical, conscientious savers, planning your financial future poses a daunting challenge. That’s why many investors throughout Texas chose the Feliciano Financial Group to help them achieve their retirement goals.
Take back control of your financial future.
It’s not just about your money, it’s about your life. Feliciano Financial professionals understand how complex your life and financial situation can be, and we’re here to help. Whether you’re nearing retirement, in retirement, had a life altering event or just need advisory services, our team of Certified Financial Planners™ can help you get the right information so you can make the best decisions for your financial future. Here’s what’s included in your free assessment:
- Clearly define your financial and retirement plans, goals, and objectives
- Strategies to increase income
- Strategies to minimize taxes
- Assess portfolio for alignment of financial goals with investments
- Create realistic expectations
Even if you’re among the most methodical, conscientious savers, planning your financial future poses a daunting challenge. That’s way many investors throughout Texas chose the Feliciano Financial Group to help them achieve their retirement goals.
Traditionally, financial planning has been focused on rate of return, risk and reward analysis and ultimately, setting up a suitable plan geared toward achieving the client’s goals. However, as one moves into retirement, there should be a fundamental shift from the stage of accumulating assets and taking higher risks for higher returns to that of protecting one’s assets. The foundation for setting up a retirement plan that provides confidence about your retirement savings is helping make sure your goals for retirement won’t be derailed by a volatile stock market or unforeseen long-term care expenses.
Our Holistic Approach
Our holistic approach to retirement planning is all about problem-solving and helping individuals achieve the quality of life they desire in retirement. During our first meeting, one of our main objectives is to help define and clarify the goals each individual has for their retirement as they move forward.
- What do they want out of retirement?
- What do they want their retirement assets to do for them?
- How much income will they need to live the kind of life they desire?
- How much risk do they want to take with their investments?
We have found that many of the goals for retirees are similar in nature, however we have also found that most people have specific hopes and dreams they want to achieve in their golden years. That is why it is critical to set up a Personal Retirement Income Plan designed specifically for you.
Feliciano Financial has been helping people to get more out of their retirement since 1983.
Call us toll free 800.436.1213 today and meet with our Retirement Planning Team
Long-Term Care Planning
One of the best things you can do right now for you and your family is get legal, financial and care plans in place. Doing so allows you to participate in making decisions and ensures your family won’t be forced to make them for you in a crisis situation.
We serve families seeking guidance in navigating the many facets of long-term care planning. Our financial advisors evaluate specific family situations and make recommendations that are in your loved one’s best interest. We also consult with industry operators wishing to gain efficiencies through the use of our experience and technology.
Unfortunately, many nursing home and assisted living residents end up exhausting their assets on long-term care. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The best time to plan for the possibility of nursing home care is when you’re still healthy. By doing so, you may be able to pay for your long-term care and protect assets for your loved ones. How? Through Advanced LTC and estate planning.
You worked hard all of your life to pay off your mortgage and build a retirement fund. You expected to live off your savings in the comfort of your own home, and you planned to leave something to your kids at the appropriate time. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens and you must spend the rest of your years in long-term care. What will happen to your life savings?
The cost of long-term care has many families concerned about their financial future. Families often find themselves having to spend all of their life savings to pay for extended care for a loved one; federal and state guidelines even allow the state to take homes to recover Medicaid expenditures. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services — but will usually pay a maximum of 100 days of care in a long-term care facility. The family then becomes responsible for all expenses.
It’s best to talk about long-term care early — before the need for medical or personal care is imminent. Here’s help understanding, choosing and financing long term care. MayoClinic.com
The Dangers of Denial
In his article “Long-Term Care — An Impending Crisis for the Elderly,” Thomas Day, the director of the National Care Planning Council (www.longtermcarelink.net), estimates that:
- 6 out of 10 people who are single will need nursing home care during their lifetime.
- 8 people out of every 10 couples will need nursing home care during their lifetime.
- 70% of us who live past the age of 65 will spend a substantial period of time in a long-term care facility.
- Anyone reaching the age of 65 years has a 40% chance of entering a nursing home during their lifetime, with a 20 percent chance of staying there for at least five years.
- Most health insurance does not provide coverage for long-term care. Neither does not Medicare
- Going Broke
- No Experience: Not knowing the rules and laws leads to delays
- Marketplace Confusion: Hiring the wrong professional
- Not being prepared
- Waiting until it’s too late
- Family Infighting
- Difficulty dealing with the State bureaucracy
Our comprehensive approach allows us to analyze your situation from every angle to ensure that you are aware of all your available options. We will meet with you to discuss your particular situation at no cost or obligation. Let us show you what we can provide.
Estate / Legacy Planning
This portion of your financial plan contains a sample analysis of an estate settlement arrangement. The intention is to illustrate the anticipated settlement expenses and disclose any potential problems in a plan.
This section will provide facts upon which to base decisions concerning alterations in an estate plan. In order for an estate plan to be effective, it should meet the following objectives:
- Determine the most advantageous means of owning family properties.
- Minimize estate and income taxes, administrative expenses, executor’s commissions and attorney fees.
- Provide adequate and available money to meet known and anticipated settlement expenses due to death.
- Preserve the assets you have worked hard to accumulate.
- Provide funds for educational expenses and for debt repayment, if desired.
- Provide an adequate income for your survivors.
Estate Settlement Cost Analysis
The Estate Settlement Cost Analysis summarizes the costs of various estate distribution arrangements. The precise determination of how we arrived at those costs are in the following report, Estate Settlement Analysis.
The estate arrangement, the inflation assumptions and year of death assumptions as well as specific personal and charitable bequests can be varied order to test the effectiveness of any proposed estate plan arrangement.
The Need for Will Preparation
Will your family know what to do when you die? Will all the members affected know how to respond if you become disabled? Are you personally prepared to deal with a disability-related early retirement? If not, it will not be your plans that fail. The problem will be the failure to plan!
Every family, every year, should be sure to train itself to be prepared for the worst of circumstances. Yet, most people do not bother to take the essential measures.
Many do not have adequate amounts of life insurance. Others neglect their wills. Many people with complex needs have only a simplistic will when a carefully drawn trust is really needed. Some haphazardly purchase financial products and have no overall financial plan.
Every estate is planned, either actively or passively. Either you maintain control, or the government does it for you. If you do not bother, your family may suffer undue duress and expense due to protracted court proceedings. You can avoid all this by planning ahead.
Reason to Plan
In the case of a minor child or elderly parent For example, You would not think of leaving them alone without a baby sitter. Nor would you allow someone else to decide who that baby sitter should be. it is important for you to specify a guardian (and alternate guardians) in your will.
Your spouse or family members cannot be expected to know all your financial arrangements. You can save them a lot of anguish by keeping records current, including bank account numbers, insurance policies, real estate deeds and records, stocks, bonds and other investments, wills, trust agreements, employee benefit records, birth certificates, marriage license, military service records and Social Security information.
Employee benefit accounts and beneficiary arrangements change frequently, and often it is appropriate to change prior elections.
It is essential to keep an inventory of all your property, mortgage information and an informal letter of instructions regarding estate administration.
It is also important to make sure you are doing everything possible to assure adequate income at retirement. Take full advantage of savings, investments, insurance, individual retirement accounts and all the products and services available to you. Your professional financial advisor may help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Special Arrangements May be Needed
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to become informed, and to teach your survivors now, how to make decisions and handle money. Maintaining your financial safety often means that you or your spouse, if you are not well, may not be able to handle money, run a business or manage an investment portfolio. It would be unfair and unwise to thrust these burdens on the wrong people.
If you have a mentally challenged, learning disabled or physically handicapped child, you must plan ahead. Such children may never be able to care for themselves. The same might apply to a parent or dependent sibling. Such cases call for special legal arrangements, and frequently require special funding efforts to be effective.
Every closely held business owner should consider what will happen if a business associate dies or becomes disabled. What will happen to your survivors if you meet with an accident? Could your spouse or children take over if they had to?
Would you want them to? If there are no written, binding plans, could the wrong employees take control?
Suppose you are single. Who will act for you later, if you do not act for yourself now?
You may have important charitable objectives. Government cutbacks have shifted some responsibility for social services back to the public, and many worthwhile organizations have a great need for funds. You may be contributing time and money now – what about a legacy after your death?
Benefits of Planning
Controlled estate planning will systematically uncover problems and gaps in your estate and provide solutions. For example, you can plan against:
- Excessive transfer costs: The improper plan or group of documents might cause too much tax, payable too soon.
- Lack of liquidity: Or not enough cash to pay taxes and other predictable expenses could result in the forced sale of your liquid assets or other income producing property. This is an especially critical factor for owners of closely held businesses or investment real estate.
- Improper disposition of assets: This could result in the estate being disposed of in equal but inequitable shares among your children, even if their needs vary greatly. It may also be an improper disposition of assets to leave two or three hundred thousand dollars in life insurance to a 21-year-old child or to a spouse – without the benefit of a trust arrangements to prioritize for proper investment – or to preclude wild spending.
- Inadequate income if disability occurs: Electing the maximum benefits from your employer-sponsored plans, and filling in the gaps with personal disability coverage and insurance waivers of premium.
- Inadequate income for your family at your death: To maintain your standard of living, the family will typically need 80 percent of your present gross income. This must be adjusted periodically for inflation, additional debts incurred, education funding needs and special family circumstances.
How to Proceed
Consult with a professional financial advisor to check all your insurance. review your will and trust, making sure these documents will do what you want them to do in the most effective manner.
Inform your heirs, before they become heirs, where your personal and financial documents are located – especially a durable power of attorney. If you are married, measure your needs annually, establish your priorities, and then develop and put into effect plans to make sure that your financial future is sound.
It is not necessary to cancel and entirely redraw your legal instrument. A will can be modified by a codicil (amendment), and some forms of trust agreements are also subject to alteration. Of course, your attorney will be familiar with the correct procedures.
Neither Lion Street Financial, LLC, nor its registered representatives, offer tax or legal advice. Federal tax laws are complex and subject to change. As with all matters of a tax or legal nature, you should consult with your tax or legal counsel for advice.
Pursuant to requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, any tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, for purposes of avoiding penalties imposed under the United States Internal Revenue Code or promoting, marketing or recommending to another person any tax-related matter. Please contact us if you wish to have formal written advice on this matter.