Resolve to Plan Your Estate Wisely

Estate planning processFifty-four percent of Americans planned on making a financial resolution for 2015. According to a new poll by GOBankingRates, as reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, saving money, paying down debt and improving spending continue to top the list. Given only 8 percent of people actually achieve their resolutions, it might be time to change things up a bit. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal article, titled7 ways to give your finances a facelift in January,cites some things you can do this month to positively impact your finances all year. 

Establish an estate plan. If you have a spouse, kids, elderly parents—if you own your own home, a savings account, or investments—you should have an estate plan. Estate planning will save your loved ones additional strain at a difficult time, and ensure your wishes are carried out after you pass away. 

Rebalance your portfolio. If you haven’t looked at your investments and/or retirement accounts lately, you should rebalance them at the beginning of the year. Your portfolios have varying investments in different asset classes. Over time, the market value of each investment earns a different return. This shifts the weight or the proportion of each investment. For example, if a certain fund does really well and second performs poorly, a once 50-50 split will teeter-totter to 80-20 or a percentage that is now not what you’d like to see. Shift the weight to keep your risk low and maximize your returns. 

Use tax-advantaged accounts. Take advantage of the numerous tax-advantaged accounts available, such as a 401(k), IRA, and Health Savings Account. These types of accounts let you enjoy tax-deferred or tax-free growth of your money, which means significant savings over time. What’s more, sometimes, pre-tax contributions can lower your taxable income.  Consult an experienced estate planning attorney to help you get 2015 off to a great start! 

You can learn more about this topic as well as other strategies on our website under the tab entitled: estate planning in Virginia. Be sure you also sign up for our complimentary e-newsletter so that you may be informed of all the latest issues that could affect you, your loved ones and your estate planning.  

Reference: Las Vegas Review-Journal (January 12, 2015) 7 ways to give your finances a facelift in January



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