How to Find the Right Estate Planning Attorney

on January 15, 2019 |By Amy Bertle | Retirement Planning
A simple Google search for an estate planning attorney can return millions of results. The idea of sorting through all of these search results can seem daunting. Furthermore, choosing the wrong attorney can cause significant, and often costly, problems if your estate plan is incorrect. If you are in need of an estate planning attorney and are unsure of where to start, below are a few questions and answers that may help you find an attorney who is right for you.
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Hitting the Bullseye

Part of our work as asset managers is to generate sufficient cash flow for regular income.   A long-time client came in for a review last week, and we carefully reviewed her prior year income and expenses. She had managed her cash flows really well - right in line with her budget forecast for the year. Her Destiny Capital portfolio was specifically designed to distribute an exact amount of cash to her from her investments. We send this portfolio income to her bank account as an automatic quarterly deposit. Having an income target such as this allows us to construct the optimum investment portfolio in order to “Hit the Bullseye”. When we do this, her actual financial performance improves.  Having this bullseye allows us to position her total portfolio to function optimally and operate efficiently with only minor changes along the way. It keeps the majority of her capital invested to continue working for her. As a part of each review, we always ask what the next year looks like. In this case, she said "Well, I am thinking about doing something big next year with my kids and grandkids. I want to go see Mickey and Minnie with them in Orlando." She shot me the rough cost of the trip in addition to her standard annual budget. We adjusted her portfolio to make the new quarterly distributions and set aside the Disney trip money she would need for next summer. This is planning!  
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Why We Don't Use Standardized Tests

A new client visited us recently. Some lifelong friends, who are long-term clients of our firm, had referred them. The new clients had recently gone to a seminar and participated in an online planning process. It's now very popular for firms to have people take “standardized tests” to determine their planning parameters. The results painted a particularly bleak future for them, including needing to save more money each month than anyone reasonably could in today’s world or suffer the alternative of having to continue to work until they were 76 years old assuming they could keep their jobs, skills, and health for that long. Sometimes I think the firms that do this really believe that fear is a good selling strategy, but it created a perfect time for them to come in for a conversation. We sat down and flipped through their sixteen-page report that had been created from the standardized tests.
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Is the “4% Rule” a Realistic Retirement Strategy?

on September 20, 2018 |By Amy Bertle | Retirement Planning
The mass media and retirement 101 seminars continue to deliver a message to retirees that spending 4% of one’s investment assets per year is the “safe” withdrawal rate and that withdrawing more than 4% can be problematic, potentially leaving the retiree without any investment assets in the later years of life. This strategy has become known as the “4% Rule”.  
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Retirement With Healthcare Nimbility

This is the last of a three-part series on retiring with nimbility. So far, we've discussed being Mentally Nimble and Financially Nimble. Today we are going to conquer the fear of healthcare.   Recent research has determined the most significant expense facing this retiring generation - healthcare. The average cost for healthcare is now $22,000 per year per family and those costs are actually higher for retirees. Building strategies to manage through this reality is now a financial planning task that we embrace.  
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