Do Your Retirement and Estate Plans Address These Four Risks?

There are a new set of challenges for retirement and estate planning. People are living longer, costs are rising and more. It is now more important than ever to have a comprehensive plan in place to address the issues that seniors are facing. An estate planning attorney can help you address the top four risks that can derail your plans:

Long Term Care and Health Care Expenses

With the average cost of a nursing home in Colorado now topping $70,000, it is now critical to address nursing home and long term care expenses early in the retirement and estate planning process. One process, known as Medicaid planning, helps position assets to preserve family wealth for seniors who may need to turn to this need-based program to help address care expenses, but planning needs to start early. Long term care insurance is another option.

Outliving Your Assets

According to a recent survey, the average person plans for less than 20 years of post retirement living. But in reality, the average person is living longer and looking for an earlier retirement. Your retirement plan will need to support you longer, and this should be a critical aspect of retirement planning.

A Rising Cost of Living

Inflation is a fact of life. While $80,000 annually may allow you a comfortable lifestyle today, what will it get you during retirement? If retirement is 20 years away, you may need as much as $130,000 annually for a similar lifestyle.

Lack of Contingency Planning

As they say, even the best laid plans….Both retirement and estate planning can change as you age and your life changes, but working with a professional can help you address the ‘what ifs’ that can derail your plans, such as incapacity, disability and more.

An estate planning attorney can help you avoid the risks that plague those who choose to turn to do it yourself planning, and these plans can address many of the situations that seniors are now facing.

Author Bio

Catherine Hammond is the CEO and founder of Hammond Law Group, a Colorado-based estate planning law firm she founded in 2005. With a strong focus on protecting families from the legal consequences of disability and death, she creates comprehensive estate plans that minimize taxes, costs, and government interference.

A native of Denver, Catherine completed her undergraduate studies at Coe College in Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, concentrating on estate planning, tax, and mediation. Catherine is a member of various professional organizations, including WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, and the Purposeful Planning Institute. Beyond her legal expertise, Catherine provides transformational coaching to support clients and their families through life transitions.

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