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The Five Phases of Retirement Planning

It may be somewhat ironic that the generation that ushered in the most change - the Baby Boomers - are the first to have to deal with a big change in how retirement planning is done. Employment today is fluid, pensions are almost nonexistent, and we now have to count mostly on ourselves to fund our own retirement.

When doing your financial planning, you need to take into account these five phases of retirement planning:

Accumulation. This begins when you start work and ends when you retire, with the "new normal" goal of saving approximately 10 percent of your income each year to put towards retirement.

Pre-Retirement. This starts when you are 50 years old, and about 15 years from retirement. This is the time to get your retirement plan in place, make sure it is being financed properly and learn what you need to know about Social Security and Medicare.

Early Retirement. This phase starts when you retire and goes until you are 70. If you don't retire at 65, some of these tasks can take place later. This phase is all about communicating with your family about your financial plan and estate plan, assessing how well you are able to live on your retirement savings and fine-tuning your income and expense projections.

Mid-Retirement. Begins at age 70 and lasts as long as you are of sound mind and body. In this phase, you need to discuss with your family what should be done in case your condition begins to deteriorate - this is the time to ensure you have your durable powers of attorney in place and your will is up to date.

Late Retirement. This "end of life" phase is when your health has deteriorated significantly, and you must count on the help of others for daily functions. By this point, all your estate and retirement planning will hopefully make this period as manageable as possible.

The Flanigan Law Group provides Southern California residents with personal attention for estate planning, administration and litigation legal services. When disputes between families, arise, they are very successful in resolving legal estate issues quickly and efficiently while preserving financial and emotional resources. Contact the Flanigan Law Group at 949-450-0042.

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