Family Financial Planning Stages This Workplan is a valuable tool designed to identify strategies that can help you manage your finances and protect your loved ones throughout every stage of your life. This guide can help you be better prepared for all the evolving needs of your family. And can help to see you through all the exciting milestones ahead – no matter what they might be. 1. Start the journey Provide for loved ones *Plan for large purchases, special goals or dreams (home, car, etc.) *Prepare for starting a family, including adoption and/or providing for child with Special Needs *Create a family mission statement and Life Plan *Establish charitable giving goals (tithing, gifting, etc.) Protect your family and yourself *Establish credit and understand importance of good scores *Take advantage of employer benefit plans (life, disability income and health insurance, retirement plans, etc.) and assign beneficiaries *Explore ways to replace family’s income *Establish a will(s) and guardianship for children *Create emergency fund and define personal budget Grow your nest egg *Fund and maximize employer retirement plans *Consider supplemental retirement savings vehicles 2. Prepare for the future Provide for loved ones *Assess potential for large purchases, special goals, dreams or expenses *Establish/review education costs and savings vehicles *Review family mission statement and Life Plan *Evaluate charitable giving goals *Consider long-term care needs of family Protect your family and yourself *Monitor credit scores and address outstanding debt *Review employer benefit plans and beneficiaries *Assess current income replacement strategies *Review will(s) and current guardianships Determine if a trust is appropriate *Review budget and institute systematic savings plan *Explore and implement tax and estate strategies Grow your nest egg *Review employer retirement plans *Establish goals for retirement, including retirement date(s) and income needs *Review and implement supplemental 3. Stay the course Provide for loved ones *Re-assess potential for large purchases, special goals, dreams or expenses *Determine if you need to support loved ones now or in the future (education planning, finances, with your time, etc.) *Refine family mission statement and Life Plan *Assess charitable giving goals *Review long-term care needs of your family, assess health care proxies Protect your family and yourself *Review and manage current debt *Assess gaps in employer benefit plans and review beneficiaries *Re-evaluate current income replacement strategies *Verify will(s), guardianship, power of attorney, trusts, etc. *Establish health care proxy and long term care needs *Re-assess budget, savings plan *Assess tax and estate strategies and institute trust services, if necessary Grow your nest egg *Review employer retirement plans *Review supplemental retirement and saving vehicles and determine gap *Consider a “second act” in retirement *If in family business, determine retirement and succession planning strategy Our History Provide for loved ones *Revisit potential for large purchases, special goals, dreams or expenses *Explore gifting strategies to loved ones (grandkids, etc.) *Revisit charitable giving goals and desires *Share Life Plan with others *Secure care for aging parents or loved ones Protect your family and yourself *Revisit policy beneficiaries, wills, and power of attorney *Review health care options, health care proxies and long-term care plans *Shift from wealth accumulation to wealth conservation *Re-assess tax and estate strategies and institute trust services, if necessary Grow your nest egg *Determine appropriate time (age) to draw upon social security and employer/personal retirement plans * Launch a “second career” and manage your resources *Determine and execute retirement income strategy * If in family business, finalize business succession strategies Neither MML Investors Services, LLC nor any of its subsidiaries, employees or representatives are authorized to give legal or tax advice. Consult your own personal attorney legal or tax counsel for advice on specific legal and matters. Estate Planning services are provided working in conjunction with your Estate Planning Attorney, Tax Attorney and/or CPA. Consult them for specific advice on legal and tax matters.