The Often-Neglected Part of Your Plan

With so much happening in our lives these days, it can be easy to lose track of the things that we normally let cruise on auto-pilot.  Of course, when it comes to our finances, that auto-pilot feature can be great: it allows us to save in our 401(k) plans, it makes sure that our bills are automatically paid on time, and it keeps us from over-thinking things, which we’ve shown can be dangerous to our portfolio’s health.

Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to revisit those parts of our financial plan that normally don’t get much attention.  From our experience, beneficiary designations are some of the most often-forgotten aspects.  We assign a beneficiary to things like a life insurance plan, securities accounts, retirement accounts, and a whole range of other assets, and for many, it’s just a set-it-and-forget-it kind of approach.  But circumstances over a period of years almost always change, and when they do, it’s important that you review your plan to make sure that everything is still lined up to meet your changing goals.

In this week’s episode of Lucia Capital Group Weekly, another one of our veteran financial planners, Tim Shea, CFP®, joins Ray Lucia Jr., chairman and CEO of Lucia Capital Group, to talk about the who, where, when and why of beneficiary designations. They’ll also give you some really important reasons for making changes when it becomes necessary.  You may not be thinking about these things on a daily basis, but your financial advisor should be.  Watch our video and find out more from Tim and Ray!

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