People have probably heard it from the time they earn their first paycheck, "You need to start saving for retirement!" There is wisdom in these words, but unfortunately, there are many other facts of life that make this advice difficult to follow at times. Residents of Sacramento have student loans to pay off, rent to pay, and anything they actually can save for is probably for something short-term, such as a house, vacation or a new car.
As Californians get older and plan for the next phase of their lives, they have lots of things to consider. Not the least of these worries is planning and providing for spouses, children and even grandchildren. Not surprisingly, this gives rise to a whole other list of concerns, including retirement planning, assisted living planning, end of life decisions, asset protection and a host of other financial decisions that must be addressed.
People in California who want to be able to leave a lasting legacy after their death need to have an estate plan. Whether a person has a substantial estate or only a few financial resources, having an estate plan, including a will, trusts, and other necessary legal documents, is the only way that people can ensure their assets are distributed, and their wishes are honored, after their passing. Whether it's setting up an education trust fund for a grandchild or leaving a piece of real estate to a favorite charity, everyone needs an estate plan.
People in California may have seen a recent editorial article in the New York Times about the state of familial relationships and the difficulty of starting conversations about estate planning. Talking about anything related to death can be difficult and uncomfortable, but when it comes to financial planning for families and future heirs, not having the conversation can create a much more uncomfortable, even dangerous, situation down the road.
People in California may have seen an interesting editorial article about how certain major, yet common, life changes can impact a person's financial well-being and future plans. This is especially true of people who have recently gone through a divorce. While most people are busy dealing with the emotional and personal fallout of a marital split, they may overlook the important long-term ramifications of a divorce, which could come back to haunt them many years in the future.
People in California may have heard news of late on an issue that will be affecting many Americans in the coming years, whether they know it know or not. According to a 2011 study, the baby boomer generation will likely inherit a grand total of almost $8.5 trillion from their parents and heirs. The median amount for most of these beneficiaries is somewhere in the area of $64,000, a significant amount for anyone planning for retirement, helping their kids through college, paying debt, or working on an estate plan of their own.
People in California may know singer and entertainer Frankie Valli best as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, a wildly famous, pop foursome whose hits spanned many decades, most recently reaching new audiences with the Broadway smash hit "Jersey Boys," which was based upon the music and personal story of the Four Seasons. But now a whole new audience of law professionals and students may become familiar with Frankie Valli's name for reasons having very little to do with his music.
Successful men and women in California know that planning and preparation are critical ingredients in the recipe for success, so it should come as no surprise that preparation is also the key to maximizing that success for the greater good. People chart their course in a career much as they do in life, and with careful preparation and core values as guiding principles, they may grow to prosper and enjoy the wealth they have worked hard to create.
People in California may have seen a recent financial news article in Forbes, which discussed the issue of inheritance. Specifically, Forbes explained how people in the Baby Boomer generation may actually be leaning against leaving assets to their children when they pass on. In past years most people in the Boomer generation said they thought it was important to leave an inheritance. That number now sits at under 50%.
People in Hollywood and across the country were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of one of the world's most talented and prolific actors. Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death brought national attention to the spreading epidemic of heroin addiction, but there are many other lessons to be learned from his death.