It’s what no one ever wants to hear: “The test results have come back positive.” And yet it’s quite likely that you, a loved one or both will one day be given a serious health diagnosis that throws your world into uncertainty, confusion and fear. That means you have two choices:
Imagine an ex-spouse receiving the benefits of your lifelong savings… That is exactly what happened to William Kennedy upon his passing. In the case of Kennedy Estate v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan , the court ruled that Kennedy’s ex-wife rightly received the benefit of his $400,000 retirement savings even though the divorce papers waived his ex-wife of her interest in the plan benefits.
As we begin the final two calendar months of the year, individuals and families start to wrap up their financial year.
We’ve written before how a little strategic long-term thinking is good for your financial health. Tying in your personal financial goals with the goals for your investment portfolio helps you to stay the course when the course gets rocky. As with investments, being strategic with your estate plan is another best practice we encourage for our clients.