5 Steps to Fix Your Battered Retirement Plan

It’s no secret that a majority of Americans are ill-prepared for retirement.  A recent Forbes.com post detailed the 5 steps you can take now to being repairing the hole in your retirement plan:

1.  Pay yourself first.  Set up an account that is not easy for you to access and start filling it with a significant percentage of your pay (10% or above).  You can accomplish this by participating in your company’s 401(k) plan and making sure you contribute at least the minimum amount to get the employer match (free money!).

2.  Load up on tax breaks.  Another benefit of participating in a 401(k) is that it lowers your taxes without you having to do all the paperwork.  A 401(k) is also portable if you change jobs.

3.  Estimate your retirement needs.  Don’t believe that you will be able to sustain your current lifestyle on Social Security alone; it won’t happen.   Experts say you need to have enough saved to match at least 70% of your pre-retirement income.  Not sure how you will get there?  A Personal Family Lawyer can help advise you on strategies, depending on your current age, income and estimated retirement age.

4.  Plan conservatively.  Don’t think you can count on a bull market to fund your retirement.  Estimate a reasonable return on your investments when planning your retirement, and balance risk and reward as you near your retirement date.

5.  Take charge.  You need to take charge of your retirement plan by checking regularly to see if you’re on track to retire with the amount of income you need to support the lifestyle you want.  Know exactly how your plan is – or is not—working and adjust accordingly by considering how you can create an income stream for yourself that you can count on throughout the rest of your life, instead of relying on savings or your retirement account at all.

If you would like to learn more about retirement planning, call our office today to schedule a time for us to sit down and talk.

To your family’s health, wealth and happiness!

David Feakes

P.S.  Want to get started on the most important planning you’ll ever do for your family?  Give our office a call at (978) 263-6900 to get started.  You’ll be so glad you did.

David Feakes is the owner of The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC – a law firm for families in the Acton, Massachusetts area.  David helps parents protect the people they love the most.  If you would like to receive David’s exclusive, free report, “Six Major Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing An Estate Planning Attorney,”  you can get it right here.

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