The one certainty of life is that it’s full of uncertainty. We never know what the next day, week, and year will bring, and that’s what makes financial planning both challenging and necessary.
On this episode of the podcast, we tackle two questions that recently came into Johnson Brunetti and they both ask about scenarios that were unexpected.
The first question we address today is a difficult one emotionally because planning for the loss of a loved one is incredibly hard. But what do you need to do from a financial standpoint with disability and Social Security after a medical diagnosis doesn’t give you much longer to live?
Short-term disability is meant to bridge the gap until long-term disability kicks in, which could carry you to retirement. You also want to look into the ability to get Social Security disability, which would be the full retirement benefit and could be triggered before full retirement age. A couple of the other factors you’ll want to discuss with an advisor are your plans for working after the loss of your spouse and insurance to cover large medical costs. Ultimately, there are a lot of things to discuss to make sure you get as much support and money out of these programs as you can.
The second question we’ll cover deals with college expenses. Like many other parents, this person is facing the reality of paying for their child’s education beyond the standard four years. The answer is really going to be specific to your situation because when we look at retirement, there are three big variables that impact what your cost of living need in retirement is:
That third one could really throw off your retirement if that expense ends up hurting you financially. No matter how you slice it, college is expensive. Can you afford to cover six years of school without risking your own retirement? That’s the question you ultimately need to answer because you want to make sure your future is secure.
No matter what life throws your way, a strong financial plan can help you navigate the good and the bad. Take advantage of our complimentary Money Map review process and let’s start taking a look at your financial future.
0:19 – Mailbag question on disability options
2:02 – Why it’s important to be proactive
3:58 – Mailbag question on paying for extended college expenses
5:46 – Get your situation reviewed
“We always felt our financial needs were in very capable hands. Alex Angst is great to work with. Our advisor always made us feel he had our best interests at heart and explained things so we could understand them.”
“We’ve been clients of Johnson-Brunetti for > 10 years. We’re enjoying a comfortable retirement as a result. Many thanks to Joel and our CFP, Eric Hogarth. I wish we had plugged into this decade approach back when we were in our 30s.”
“Working with Johnson Brunetti has had a positive impact on my life by providing me with the knowledge, confidence, and peace of mind to move forward with my retirement plans. The process of getting to this point, through their guidance, has been informative and pleasurable.”
“I view your company as one that puts my interests first. I think that is very uncommon and very refreshing. “
“Matt does an awesome job! So easy to understand and he listens to our concerns and addresses them! happy I chose your firm!”
“I have been pleased with the help and service I have received from the company. I have met several team members on Eric’s team and have found all of them very well prepared to meet with me when reviewing my portfolio. I always feel that I am an important customer and appreciate that very much. I hope the firm continues to focus on the customer and maintains its great service. I think you do a great job for someone like me!!!! I’m happy I chose your firm!”
Investment Advisory Services offered through JB Capital, LLC.
Insurance Products offered through JN Financial, LLC.
Atlanta • Boston • Hartford | Tel: 800-208-7233
JB Capital LLC is a federally registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Registration as an investment adviser does not imply any level of skill or training. Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies.
Johnson Brunetti is a sponsor of WFSB Better Money, WCVB Better Money Boston, WSB-TV Better Money Atlanta, WTNH Money Wisdom, and WTIC Money Wisdom.