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Financial Planning Tip: February


As Valentine's day approaches, we are thinking about the one's we love and coming up with ways to show them we care. Once you have finished purchasing your cards, flowers and chocolates take some time this month to think about those people and whether you have appropriately planned for them. It may not be the most romantic thing to do, but now is a great time to sit down and determine if you have the proper insurance coverage to protect your loved one's if you are not around to provide for them or if you become incapable.

To get started, ask yourself a few questions. Have your needs changed over the years? Did you get married? Did you have a child? Did you retire? Are you thinking about retirement? Have you taken on other financial responsibilities that would negatively affect the people you care about should you pass away too soon? The answers to these questions will help you figure out if you need to make some changes to your coverage. You should periodically evaluate your life insurance coverage, disability insurance coverage, and determine if long-term care insurance is appropriate. There are many resources online to help you get started. For example, to get a basic idea of how much life insurance coverage you may need, use this online calculator as a starting point. Thinking about your own demise is no fun at all, however with smart planning you will sleep better at night knowing you have taken the right steps to protect the one's you love most.

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