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Retirement Planning: A Document Checklist

Retirement Readings

June 15, 2016

Retirement planning

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

You may find this Document Checklist of assistance in your planning. Please contact my office if we can be of further assistance.

Document

Location

Personal

Birth Certificate

 

Marriage License

 

Pre- or Post-Nuptial Agreement

 

Will

 

Trust(s)

 

Living Will(s)/Power(s) of Attorney

 

Mortgage Papers

 

Automobile Titles/ Papers

 

Income Tax Returns

 

Gift Tax Returns

 

Insurance Policies

 

Employee Benefit Documents

 

Passport

 

Military Records

 

Medical Records

 

Citizenship Papers

 

Warranties

 

Current Bills

 

Funeral/ Burial Documents

 

Other:_______________

 

Business Ownership

Partnership/ Incorporation Documents

 

Buy-Sell Agreement

 

Section 303 Stock Redemption Agreement

 

Business Valuation/Appraisal

 

Business Tax Returns

 

Other:_______________

 

MESSAGES
from the Masters…

FOUR WAYS TO MASTER CHANGE

by Sheila Murray Bethel

We are living in exciting age of unprecedented change. Today’s accelerated rate of change presents us with unique challenges and opportunities. When change brings success, keep your ego from getting out of hand. When the change is negative, use your sense of humor to get through it. Once you learn to handle change, you can take your skills, talents, and abilities and help others change. Let’s look at four ways to enhance your mastery of change.

1. Don’t Fight It.

The natural tendency is to protect what you know and value, what has become familiar and comfortable. Unfortunately the world will change with or without you. So you must adapt again and again. You make your life so much more complicated when you fight the change. You cause yourself stress and can actually become ill. Remember the old Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

2. You don’t have to like the Change.

No one ever said you have to like the changes you are experiencing. However, you do have to understand them so you can progress. Study, explore, and read everything you can about the current matters that affect your perception and handling of change. Life is not always about “liking.” It is about doing the best you can, with what you you’ve got and getting on with it–right now!

3. Know what to defend against change.

There are some things we should resist changing because change does not always translate into better. Change for the sake of change alone can destroy valuable situations, assets, and relationships. Many values deserve to be defended. Ask yourself what you will change and what you will defend.

4. Have a Sense of Humor.

Humor can give you a momentary “emotional vacation.” A sense of humor can conquer pretense, and diffused anger and hostility. It can take an impossible situation and change it into an acceptable one. The old axiom, “if you take yourself too seriously, no one else will,” is key. The most effective people are spontaneous and can use humor to express their feelings, and to encourage others.

When you set out to be a change master and to make a difference in this world, there is no guarantee that it will be easy. By learning about change, serving others and helping them to learn to change, you will indeed be making a difference.

QUOTES
from the Masters…

 

On Integrity

 

“Always do right! This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

— Mark Twain

“A “NO” uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a “YES” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“The virtue of man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his everyday conduct.”

— Blaise Pascal

 

On Kindness

 

“I believe…that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

— Thomas Paine

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

— Leo Buscaglia

“Because the soul has such deep roots in personal and social life and its values run so contrary to modern concerns, caring for the soul may well turn out to be a radical act, a challenge to accepted norms.”

— Thomas Moore

November 11 Newsletter

Retirement Readings

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES

AdvanceDirective

Advance Directives are a way to “have your say” about the type of care you receive (or don’t receive) in the event you suffer a catastrophic medical event, such as a stroke or an accident, that leaves you unable to communicate your wishes. Every adult should plan ahead by completing an Advance Directive that specifies his or her personal preferences in regard to acceptable and unacceptable medical treatments. There are two types of Advance Directives:

Living Will

A Living Will states your preferences regarding the type of medical care you want to receive (or don’t want to receive) if you are incapacitated and cannot communicate. You specify the treatment you want to receive or not receive in different scenarios.

Medical Power of Attorney

Also known as a durable power of attorney for health care or a health care proxy, a Medical Power of Attorney names another person, such as your spouse, daughter or son, to make medical decisions for you if you are no longer able to make medical decisions for yourself, or you are unable to communicate your preferences.

Note that a Medical Power of Attorney is not the same as a Power of Attorney, which gives another person the authority to act on your behalf on matters you specify, such as handling your financial affairs.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Each state regulates Advance Directives differently. As a result, you may wish to involve an attorney in the preparation of your Advance Directive
  • You can modify, update or cancel an Advance Directive at any time, in accordance with state law.
  • If you spend a good deal of time in several states, you may want to have an Advance Directive for each state.
  • Make sure that the person you name to act for you – your health care proxy – has current copies of your Advance Directive.
  • Give a copy of your Advance Directive to your physician and, if appropriate, your long-term care facility.

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