Top 3 Elder Care Planning Mistakes -- #2


In my previous post, I referenced the top Elder Care Planning Mistake – Failure to Plan.   Once you have remedied this mistake and have actually completed your planning, what might be your next mistake?

Mistake #2 – Failure to Implement

Failure to implement is not just an Elder Care Planning mistake – it is a mistake that comes with many types of planning.  You have put in the work to address your planning strategies and you have worked with your financial planner, attorney, care professional and others to lay out a detailed plan.  Then what?  Many find a nice place to store the written plan and documents, and set it aside, assuming that everything is set for the future.  WRONG!!

Just because the plan is in writing doesn’t necessarily mean you’re covered.  If you have drafted legal documents, there is very likely action needed to implement the legal plan. This action may involve making titling changes on property and investment accounts, updating beneficiary designations on retirement accounts and insurances, or even shifting assets from one account to another. If you have a financial plan to address future Elder Care issues, this often means acting on the plan and meeting with your financial planner at least annually to make sure that you remain on track.    Acting on the plan and implementing the plan is as important as making the plan in the first place.

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Sandra Adams, CFP® is a Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. Sandy specializes in Elder Care Financial Planning and is a frequent speaker on related topics. In 2012 and 2013, Sandy was named to the Five Star Wealth Managers list in Detroit Hour magazine. In addition to her frequent contributions to Money Centered, she is regularly quoted in national media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Research Magazine and Journal of Financial Planning.

Five Star Award is based on advisor being credentialed as an investment advisory representative (IAR), a FINRA registered representative, a CPA or a licensed attorney, including education and professional designations, actively employed in the industry for five years, favorable regulatory and complaint history review, fulfillment of firm review based on internal firm standards, accepting new clients, one- and five-year client retention rates, non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered, number of client households served.

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