Since becoming a father recently, I’ve come to understand how much our little loved ones depend on us for everything! After finding out we were expecting, I knew it was time to practise what I preach and tackle family planning and life administration tasks head on. This included my wife and I signing our Wills on Valentine’s Day this year – how romantic. This can come as an overwhelming task to a lot of people, and there is a lot to think about. What company should I go with? How much cash buffer do I need? How am I going to be able to support this child for the next 18+ years? Kids are expensive and there are a lot of unknowns. When we undertake family planning with clients, we break it down into three sections.
We help ensure clients are protected from unexpected situations such as falling ill, a serious accident, or losing their job. For example:
Establish a cash buffer: Generally, 3 – 6 months of household expenses to meet any unexpected or emergency expenses. Even more important in today’s circumstances.
Health insurance: A comprehensive international medical plan to cover any accidents on our holidays, but also if you repatriate back home or expatriate to another country, you can have continued cover with no new waiting periods, exclusions or loadings.
Family protection: Your income is the biggest family asset. Aside from income protection, family protection includes a lump sum on death or if you suffer from a critical illness. To determine the sufficient amount, consider repayment of debts, future education costs, and future living expenses.
Provide your family with better options for a financially secure future. When putting aside savings and investments, these can cover a variety of different objectives, but are dependent on what you and your family value most and importantly are flexible, and internationally portable. For example:
Reducing household debt: Paying off a family home will leave you with financial freedom, and a huge sense of gratification.
Education fee planning: There are a number of different options to plan for your child’s education fees and costs, including pre/primary/high school and university funds.
Future family fund: To cover family holidays, sporting activities, a home deposit or a lump sum payment for child’s first car.
Investment planning for future passive income or striving for the illusive financial freedom!
Family Trusts, Legal Guardians and Multi-Jurisdictional Wills can be a morbid topic, however it’s important that your assets are passed on in accordance to your wishes and your children are looked after through correct distribution of your wealth.
These are only a few key parts when family planning and just like our children these are forever changing and will adapt over time as you and your family grow. Please contact us if you would like more information, or to review your family planning arrangements.
** This article is purely for informational purpose. It should not be relied upon as financial advice and it does not constitute a recommendation, an offer or solicitation.
The value of an investment will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.
Advice relating to a will, guardians and trust involves the referral to a service that is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place.