How to Start Legacy Planning
The unfortunate reality is that a lot of people get into the latter years of their life and wonder where it all went. Time flies by as we get caught up in the business of day-to-day life, and we often forget to stop and assess what’s going on. Legacy planning is a way to live with purpose and intentionally that can help navigate life, make decisions, and give time to what matters most. Admittedly, it’s not rocket science, but it takes time and concerted effort to set the course for your legacy on an intentional path. Start by answering these simple legacy planning questions and go from there.
What’s going on now?
Take an assessment of your life’s legacy. Do you have a job, mortgage, student loans, children? Perhaps you’re applying for colleges (and if so, we applaud you for thinking about this stuff now!) or jobs. Do you have enough savings? Inventory your life and write these things down so that you can begin to picture, in all its glorious detail, your life now.
Once you’ve got the basic overview, begin breaking it into categories and start asking questions? Are you who you want to be in those areas of life? If so, how can you continue, and if not what can you change? Encompass all areas of your life, like fitness, education, spirituality, family, health, and finances. What are your goals and aspirations? What is keeping you from pursuing them and how do you change? Remember, this is all about you living your best life, being intentional, and preparing for the future.
What do you need to prepare for?
At Legacy Armour, this is one of the central questions that drive what we do and the services we provide. We strive to help people plan for life’s unexpected events. Legacy planning requires you to ask and answer some pretty tough questions about situations that about which no one wants to talk. However, the reality is that everyone is better in the long run if you make these plans now. So here are just a few examples of the kinds of issues you need to have figured out.
Do you have enough life insurance? If you have children and something happened to you and your spouse, who do you want to take care of the kids? Do you have that stated in a will that sets up guardianship, trusts, educational funds, and other items that you don’t want your kids to have to worry about?
What about investments? What are your goals at retirement and are you saving enough money now? Do you have a comprehensive financial plan in place? Where does all of that go if something were to happen to you? How will those people get what you’ve set up for them?
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
As alarming as it can be to have to think about these things, the alternative is much, much worse. Legacy Armour is devoted to protecting the legacy you’re building for your family and helping get the right information to the right people should extenuating circumstances occur. Check out our blog for more tips on how to be ready for what life throws at you, and take advantage of our free 7-day free trial to get a better sense of the value we can add to your life. And don’t forget to start life planning TODAY!