You’re not alone if the thought of a medical exam in your home feels like a hassle and it’s kept you from applying for life and disability insurance. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, medical exams for life insurance have been temporarily suspended. Fortunately, you may be eligible to apply for life and disability insurance with a simple telephone interview – no medical examination. And you don’t need to meet face-to-face with an agent. You can apply over the phone or through a virtual meeting with your Lawyers Financial Advisor.
So, if you are looking for additional ways to protect your income or create a more substantial legacy, this is the perfect time to get the coverage you need to protect your family and your practice.
Cybercriminals thrive in a climate of distraction such as the current global pandemic. They know employees are adjusting to new technology, companies are still fine-tuning their work-from-home policies, people may be receiving payments from the government for the first time and requests for donations come in daily.
This is not a time to panic. It’s a time to take stock of your cybersecurity plan, remind yourself how to spot potential scams, and share information with colleagues, friends and family members who may be more vulnerable to cyberscammers.
Planning is the first line of defence!
Many families have been facing a new kind of financial reality. From loss of income, to changing the way we work, to thinking about priorities, the conversation about money is changing. With a long weekend on the horizon, the time could be right to sit everyone down or dial them in for a heart-to-heart discussion about the importance of money, your attitudes toward saving and what values will matter most in the months ahead.
Here are a few tips for organizing a family money talk.
A well-diversified investment portfolio is a lot like a solid home in a good neighbourhood. It should be able to withstand ups and downs over a long period of time. The big difference between a home and a portfolio is that you can log in every day to track the constantly changing value of your investments. Seeing a dip, especially when markets are volatile, can trigger an emotional response that leads to selling low, a counterintuitive approach.
Good news! The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the deadline for filing your 2019 tax return. But if you’re expecting a refund, now is the time to get organized and file ahead of the end-of-season rush.
Whether you file your own return or work with a tax professional, preparation is the key to maximizing your tax savings and receiving all the credits you are entitled to. This list contains some obvious and not-so-obvious details you can start to collect now.
There are two ways to purchase life insurance. You can pay-as-you-go, like when you rent. Or you can pay in full and own the policy forever, like buying a home. Your Lawyers Financial Advisor can help you determine which type is right for you.
Working from home can add an unfamiliar layer of stress to anyone’s life. When you’re used to the camaraderie and pace of a busy firm, the adjustment to working remotely can be challenging.
You’re not alone if you find yourself suddenly at home with family members or by yourself and looking for ways to deal with the stress of being isolated from your own daily routine. Here are a few ways to incorporate daily stress-busters into your day.
You’ve watched other professions enjoy the enviable benefits of a guaranteed pension for life while you’ve likely been left on your own to save what you can for retirement. Chances are pretty good that you don’t have access to a guaranteed pension plan that can move with you and grow over your career. Say "so long" to the status quo!
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In an ideal world, you start your own practice with a roster of blue-chip clients, staffers who hang on your every word, lots of start-up money, and every kind of insurance you could ever need.
Realistically, you’re more likely to follow in the footsteps of all the great Canadian lawyers who hung a shingle and worked their butts off to grow a thriving practice. In this post, we answer the question, “What’s the minimum amount of insurance you need to open the door with confidence?”
“Oh man, I’ve got the best life insurance,” said no one ever. That’s because, at the end of the day, most policies operate under the same basic principle: you pay a moderate amount of money every month for insurance that only pays out after you’re dead. That’s not the most exciting sales pitch.
But deep down, we know it’s important to purchase life insurance. Fortunately, there’s one plan that makes it pretty painless
A Short video to let you know you are not alone!
The so-called 4 percent rule has become the popular formula for napkin math when it comes to calculating how long your retirement savings could last. It goes like this:
Try to remember where you were on this day in 2015. You probably can’t. Now think about the view from the best hotel you ever stayed in. Or maybe the cabin where you and your friends slept at camp, the best beer you ever shared with a friend or that time you volunteered on a build, a dig, or an event. These things are easier to recall because memories of life’s experiences have a way of staying put. They remind us where we’ve been. Over time, they tell a story about our priorities and how we chose to live.
There’s a vast amount of research suggesting why we take greater pleasure in experiences than we do in the accumulation of stuff. It goes back decades and boils down to these three things:
If you are lucky enough to have a company-sponsored pension plan, it’s likely a defined contribution (DC) plan and your employer may offer some amount of matching, meaning they will also be contributing to your retirement savings goal. Matching rates vary by plan and can be as high as 100%. If this is the case, you’ll have an additional and reliable source of income when you retire.
Sara Forte, an employment lawyer, recently sat down with Lawyers Financial to reflect on her experience starting a firm and building a team. By all accounts, her practical and intuitive approach to success is working.
Surviving a serious illness can often lead to unexpected and very significant expenses that may not be covered by your regular health insurance benefits.
Some of that money may be needed for medications, home care, and therapy not covered by your Canada provincial health plan. “That’s why this coverage is so exceptional" says Sudbury Financial Advisor Chris Newell.
Money to cover expenses. Money to buy time off. Money to allow participation in the healing process. These are just three great reasons to get critical illness insurance!
Would you be in a better financial position if you spent more time managing your finances and less time doing your job?
The answer is usually no. For lawyers, time is money and there is real value in outsourcing the time to plan, compare alternatives, research options, stay current on tax laws, and execute your financial plan.
It’s not unrealistic for you to ponder the possibility of a modest cash windfall in your lifetime. It could be an unusually large bonus, profit from the sale of your business, or an inheritance. For sake of discussion, let us assume that you didn’t plan on this money coming and let’s work with an amount of $50,000.
What to do with this windfall?
It's only a matter of time: Our increased dependence on technology has resulted in vulnerability and a rise in the frequency and severity of cyber breaches. Computers are used for everything from storing staff employment records to customer phone numbers to company strategic planning. Any data gathering network used by you or your firm could be a target.
Life insurance serves many purposes, but one of the top reasons people buy insurance is to replace the income that would normally provide for their family’s lifestyle and long-term security in the event of premature death.
So, who really needs it?
Spring time is the ideal opportunity to have a chat with your Financial Advisor and do a little spring cleaning on your family finances. It won’t take long and you can look forward to summer with the confidence of knowing everything is up-to-date and on track.
When people hear the phrase “financial planning” they usually think of RRSPs, TFSAs, and other types of investments. However, life insurance plays a strategic role in the financial planning process. For lawyers, term life insurance may provide many benefits that you may not be aware of – benefits that can protect both your family and your firm.
A strong and recognized personal brand can help you cultivate business for your firm or stand out among a crowd of corporate lawyers. The fact is, everyone already has a brand. The question is, are you actively developing and managing your brand or is it being done by others, without your direct input?
It’s easy to imagine using an insurance policy for a water leak damaging office equipment or if you back your car into a post and crush your bumper, but a disability insurance claim is an unpleasant and abstract event.
When it comes to disability insurance, how do you know what's right for you?
If the unexpected is truly unexpected, who knows what to expect? Well, the Society of Actuaries is a good group to ask. In 2015, they set out to identify the type of rainy day situations that retired Americans actually encounter and how they cope with them. We can assume that Canadians might expect similar situations.
The deadline to make a contribution to your Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) is March 1st, 2019. Most people will likely benefit from opening an RSP early, investing regularly, and staying invested for the long haul.
But perhaps, you are not like most people. Maybe an RSP is right for you. Maybe it’s not. So what is right for you?
TFSAs are an excellent way for Canadians, age 18 and older, to grow their savings tax-free. Although contributions are not tax deductible, income earned in the account and withdrawals from the account are tax-free. Unused contribution room is carried forward, and withdrawals from your account will be added back to your TFSA contribution room at the beginning of the following year*.
For many, the thought of planning for retirement is daunting. How much money will I need to be able to retire? How much do I have to save each month or year? Will it be enough? What if we changed the goal to achieving financial freedom?
You most likely have home insurance to protect your house and all contents … but do you also have this type of protection in place for your law firm? Whether your firm rents office space or owns its own building, office insurance can protect your assets and your livelihood.
Defined Benefit Pension Plans are becoming increasingly rare in Canada and more rarely an option for members of the legal profession.
For retirees with some savings who also expect to collect benefits from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS), Vettese recommends converting about one-third of personal retirement assets into an annuity that provides income for life.
Those planning for retirement should consider these four important steps to making annuities part of the plan.
Congratulations! You've graduated law school, passed the barrister and solicitor exams (hopefully), and are now working as an articling student or lawyer. The world's your oyster, or at least you think it is. Law school is great at getting you ready for the rigours of legal research and writing memoranda, but there are scary realities awaiting you in the practice of law. Whether you are hanging your own shingle, working in a small practice, or heading into a career with big law, here are 3 things your professors forgot to teach you in law school.
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