Wealth Planning Basics

You’ve worked hard to make your money. Now you want to make sure you can maintain a high standard of living and guarantee the same for your children. It can be stressful to figure out the best way to achieve these goals, but it doesn’t need to be. A good wealth manager can handle all the complexities and ensure that your wealth grows while remaining protected.

The first step in creating a smart wealth management plan is to seek help. Professionals know far more than the average person can hope to glean from some online research, so trust the experts! Sometimes just getting started can be the hardest part. We know this, and we are here to help.

Here are the primary areas you’ll want to focus on while drawing up a wise wealth management plan:

Retirement Planning

A comfortable retirement was the end goal from the beginning of your career. Now that you’ve reached the destination, it’s crucial that you maintain a level of wealth so you can do everything you desire in your golden years. Many imagine traveling the world, diving into new hobbies, or building their dream house. Unfortunately, many Americans are totally unprepared for these expenses: the median working-age family has a mere $5,000 saved for retirement. Wealth management clients will not be in such a dire situation, but the principle is worth stating that saving for retirement is incredibly important. The amount you set aside throughout your working years can make the difference between having to closely monitor your spending and fulfilling all your retirement dreams.

Tax Planning

It’s no secret that the U.S. tax code is extremely complicated. Weighing in at about 2,600 pages, it’s unreasonable to expect the average person to know the ins and outs of it all. However, this lack of knowledge about the tax code can cost you a lot of money. Luckily, experts are available who do know all the finer details and can help you work out a plan that’s best for your unique circumstances. Be sure to have a wealth management expert peruse your finances to see what steps can be taken to minimize your tax obligations and maximize your tax breaks and deductions.

Estate Planning

A major part of managing your wealth involves planning for a future after you’re gone. Taking the necessary steps to care for your spouse, children, grandchildren, and other loved ones after your death is incredibly important. Without a proper estate plan, the recipient of your assets may be decided by a court, rather than your own preference. Fortunately, sufficient estate planning ensures a smooth and easy transition of all the financial and legal pieces that shift around in the event of a death. Keep in mind that estate planning entails far more than simply drafting a Last Will and Testament. Here’s a helpful primer on estate planning to give you an idea of how you can secure your family’s future.

Asset Protection

As much as it hurts to hear this, having a certain level of wealth puts a target on your back. It’s important to be ready to handle any scenarios that can damage your financial future. An important part of a wealth management plan involves transferring assets so that they’re out of reach in situations, such as lawsuits, where they could potentially be seized. We can help you in numerous ways to minimize your risk, whether it’s setting up a trust, starting an insurance plan, or taking other precautions. Once this is taken care of, you can have the peace of mind knowing your most important assets are safe and secure.

Business Succession Planning

A business is one of the most important legacies a person can leave behind. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for when you can no longer run your business. Having a plan in place is the most responsible and fair way to treat your valued employees. Without a careful plan made in advance, the transition of business ownership can be a chaotic mess and may even cause the business to crumble.

Contact Hundman Wealth to arrange a consultation with an expert who will be able to decide the best course of action for sustaining and growing your wealth.