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Planning for Retirement

As a Folsom attorney who specializes in estate planning, many of my clients are at or near retirement age. As such, they have many questions concerning how their estate plan should be tailored to their retirement. Estate planning for retirement is an important aspect of overall financial planning, as it helps ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes during retirement and after your passing. Here are key considerations for estate planning during retirement:

  1. Review and Update Your Estate Plan:
    • Start by reviewing your existing estate plan, including your willliving trust documents, and beneficiary designations. Ensure that they still reflect your current wishes and financial situation.
  2. Create or Update Your Will:
    • If you don’t have a will, create one. A will allows you to specify how your assets should be distributed upon your passing. If you have a will, review and update it to include any new assets or beneficiaries.
  3. Consider a Living Trust:
    • Depending on your financial situation and goals, you may benefit from establishing a revocable living trust. Trusts can provide flexibility in managing your assets during retirement and facilitate the transfer of assets to beneficiaries.
    • A living trust has added benefits over a will, of which the primary one is that it takes immediate effect. A will only takes effect after death. 
  4. Beneficiary Designations:
    • Review and update beneficiary designations on retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and other financial assets to ensure they align with your current wishes.
  5. Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney:
    • Appoint agents through durable powers of attorney for healthcare and finances. These agents can make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated during retirement.
  6. Advance Healthcare Directive (Living Will):
    • Create an advance healthcare directive, also known as a living will, to specify your preferences for medical treatment in the event you are unable to communicate your wishes.
  7. Long-Term Care Planning:
    • Consider your long-term care needs and options. Long-term care insurance, Medicaid planning, and other strategies can help cover the costs of extended healthcare services.
  8. Charitable Giving:
    • If you have philanthropic goals, incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan. You can make bequests to charitable organizations or establish charitable trusts or donor-advised funds.
  9. Tax Planning:
    • Review the potential tax implications of your estate plan, including estate taxes, income taxes, and capital gains taxes. Consult with a tax advisor to explore strategies for minimizing taxes.
  10. Review Retirement Accounts:
    • Ensure that your retirement account distributions align with your retirement income needs and tax planning goals. Consider converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs, if appropriate.
  11. Regular Review and Updates:
    • Periodically review and update your estate plan to account for changes in your financial situation, family circumstances, and goals.
  12. Communication:
    • Discuss your estate plan and intentions with your family members and loved ones. Make sure they are aware of your wishes and know how to access your important documents.


Estate planning during retirement is not only about distributing assets but also about ensuring that your healthcare and financial matters are managed according to your wishes as you age. By taking a proactive approach to estate planning, you can enjoy your retirement years with peace of mind, knowing that your affairs are in order and your loved ones are provided for. By working with an experienced estate planning attorney in Folsom, you can create and maintain an estate plan that addresses your specific needs and goals during retirement. If you have any questions about retirement and estate planning, please call Thapar Law at 916-579-0605 or send us a message

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