If you’re like most people, most of the time, you focus your financial efforts on maximizing your current income. But it’s also important to plan ahead for the benefit of your spouse if you should pass away. Here are some tips on how to do that.
First, carefully consider joint vs. single life payouts from pension and investment distributions. Next, consider waiting to take Social Security until age 70 instead of age 62. This could increase your survivor benefit by 76%.
As life situations may change, update your beneficiary designations. These designations will take precedence over what’s written in your will or trust, so it’s important to keep these current. Investments like annuities have a guaranteed lifetime benefit. These can be a great way to ensure that your spouse is taken care of, even after you’re gone.
Be sure to keep your wills and trusts up to date and your assets properly titled. And keep your spouse fully informed about all financial details.
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