Whether you are in your 20s or your 50s, it’s never too early to think about your future. There are so many things that you should consider from an early age to make life easier in your later years, nor is it too late to put things in place.
Everyone wants to leave behind something to protect their family, to ease financial burdens, and to enjoy life in retirement. And the only way to ensure this is to look and plan.
In the UK, everyone over the age of 21 is offered the opportunity to begin saving for their pension through work. The rate is, usually, 1% of the wages earned per month. The earlier you start, the more you will have tucked away for your retirement. But that doesn’t mean that you have to use a work pension scheme, and if you’re self-employed, it is vital that you set up a personal pension.
At the same time as your pension, it’s an idea to start tucking some spare money away. Perhaps this is something you start to do later on, but once again, the earlier you start, the more you will have. The average annual income from a pension is £2,500, so the more you can save, the more you will be able to top up your pension with.
Is it time to write a will? If you have just had a child, or have fallen ill or are entering your golden years, keeping your will up-to-date, or creating one in the first place, is a must. Leaving behind all your worldly goods doesn’t mean much unless you have detailed how you would like them split up or donated. A good lawyer, like Ronald Fletcher, can deal with any issues that arise before and after your death. Using the same law firm over the years, from will making, moving house to any insurance claims is a good idea. Not only will you be familiar with them, but they know you and how best to help you.
Life insurance can be the difference between life and death. It may be the thing that allows you the time to recover from an illness and not have to return to work prematurely, or it might be the thing that supports your family if anything were to happen to you. In your old age, it might be something you consider to pay for your funeral, rather than taking it out of your family’s inheritance. Companies like Beagle Street work with you to create the right sort of cover for you and your family.
In the stock market or in property, whichever route you choose, investing in something can bring you a happy retirement. Look for financial advice from an advisor before doing anything drastic, and educate yourself in whichever area you plan on investing in. Who knows, you may end up investing in the next Apple company.
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