Like many elderly New Jersey residents, you have likely built up assets over the course of your lifetime. As you get older, you may worry about not having a plan set up to protect these assets.
Asset protection planning might have been something you thought you would get around to doing sooner or later, but never followed through with. However, setting up an asset protection plan can be done anytime.
Protecting your home
When you get close to retirement age, chances are you have a wide variety of assets. There are different protections that are best, depending on the type of assets.
One of your biggest and most important assets is likely to be your home. Investing in a good homeowners insurance policy can help you protect your home in the event of an unexpected emergency that could cause you to fall behind on your mortgage payments.
If your mortgage is not paid off, make paying it off a priority. The past few years have caused many people financial distress, making it hard or impossible to keep up with bills and mortgage payments.
Outside of your homeowner’s policy, trying to get your mortgage paid off is the best way to protect your home.
Protecting your retirement assets
Your retirement assets are likely to be something else you want to protect. While your retirement account through your employer could be protected from creditors, individual retirement accounts might not be.
There are many options available to you to protect your assets. If you have accounts or assets, you feel could be at risk from creditors, putting them into a trust is one option.
Taking time now to protect any vulnerable assets can save you stress and complications in the future. Knowing your assets are protected can allow you to enjoy your retirement years and make sure your loved ones will be taken care of after you are gone.