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January 2018 Archives

Long-term care planning for Social Security at age 70

Waiting to claim Social Security until age 70 will boost benefit amounts, but there is no reason to hold off collecting after that point. Financial incentives such as delayed retirement credits end once an individual reaches age 70. In Texas and other states, those planning for long\-term care may want to consider the advantages of waiting. 

Long-term care planning can cause retirement stress

After many years of hard work and effort, the most rewarding part of life for seniors is the anticipation of retirement. For some, the end of careers and pending retirement can cause excessive stress. In Texas and other states, the burden of planning for long\-term care and housing are casting a shadow on retirement bliss.

Moguls estate takes almost eight years to settle

A marriage that lasted over 28 years to a titan of technology ended after the husband suffered a stroke and died at the age of 75. Stunned and shocked and finding it hard to fathom, the widow and her two stepchildren entered into an estate battle with a major financial institution that would last for almost eight years. In Texas and other states, a property can be held in financial limbo when a person dies without a will.

Investments are the best inheritance gifts for heirs

Passing down learned financial expertise to children and grandchildren is a great way for families to invest in their future. Recent changes to tax laws have altered the dynamics regarding multigenerational investment planning. In Texas and other states, it makes sense for older generations to maintain control over assets to avoid burdening family members with taxes and capital gains on inheritance.

Procrastination is one of the biggest mistakes in estate planning

Writing a will and making a list of assets to be passed along to heirs is the first step in preparing for the future. Procrastinating about estate planning is a common mistake. In Texas and all other states, not having the proper documents in place in the event of one's death means the state's intestacy laws will determine how a person's assets will be distributed.

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