A will or trust is just one aspect of a broader strategy necessary to fully protect your family and assets and build a lasting legacy.
Most people associate the phrase "estate planning" with having a will - a legal document that names your beneficiaries and spells out who gets what when you die. And while the transfer of your assets is an important part of estate planning, a will or a trust is just one aspect of broader estate-planning strategy to ensure your wishes are known, honored and carried out as efficiently as possible when you're no longer able to articulate them.
We work with a team of estate-planning experts at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. Together, we can help you develop an estate planning strategy that may include the following:
- A strategy to reduce or eliminate gift/estate taxes for your heirs
- A plan to protect your estate from mismanagement or from claims of creditors or ex-spouses
In addition to the expertise our team can offer, you'll want to work with an estate-planning attorney to establish:
- Health care directives or a living will that specifies the extent to which you want health care professionals to treat you if you become ill or incapacitated.
- Powers of attorney that grant people you trust the legal authority to act on your behalf in case of sudden accident or illness.
- A will or trust to ensure your assets are transferred according to your wishes.
- The naming of a legal guardian for children under the age of 18.
A personalized strategy is necessary to sustain and grow your long-term wealth, meet your financial goals and align your comfort with market risks along the way.
Our client services go above and beyond what you might expect from a financial services provider. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company offers the following:
Investment advisory services, designed to:
- Provide high-quality investment services and products
- Build and monitor diversified portfolios
- Develop objective, personalized plans
- Focus on long-term results
Trust services, designed to:
- Provide continuity of stewardship that can last multiple generations
- Preserve family harmony when carrying out your intentions
- Carry out detailed record-keeping and accounting
- Calculate taxes and file returns
Online access to your account, so you can review:
- Comprehensive monthly statements
- Performance reporting
- Account access on a secure website
- Current account balances on your investment holdings
- Detailed transaction records on all accounts
Long-term financial security doesn’t happen by chance. Take control of your future with a customized financial plan.
Every event in life brings unique opportunities. We can help you be financially prepared to take advantage of them.
When you work with our team to develop a financial plan, we’ll apply time-tested strategies, providing expert advice and making recommendations based on where you are today and where you want to be in the future.
Along the way, you’ll have the knowledge and insight to make financial decisions that are right for you and your loved ones so you can meet each of life’s milestones with confidence.
Create a Budget
To reach any financial goal, you need to understand how much is coming in and how much is going out each month by establishing and spending within a budget.
Getting Your First Job
Now that you have your first job, you no doubt have big dreams and lofty goals. You need to ensure you can achieve them. By taking the first step now, you’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of financial security.
If you’re about to be married or are newly married, you probably have big hopes and dreams for your future together. Make sure you’re financially prepared – as a couple – to make your dreams a reality.
Buying a New Home
Buying a new home can be one of life’s most gratifying accomplishments. As you prepare to take that big step, make sure you’re ready for the financial commitment. When you approach your decision with confidence, you’ll be free to enjoy this exciting time in your life.
Welcoming a Child or Grandchild
Now more than ever, your goal is to protect the financial well-being of your family. As you welcome a new child or grandchild, evaluate your financial plan to ensure it’s designed to meet changing priorities as your family grows.
Funding a Child’s Education
If one of your financial goals is to pay for a child’s education, the earlier you create a college savings plan, the better. Not only will you save more, you’ll have more time to ride the ups and downs of the financial markets if you choose to invest your savings.
If you’re thinking about changing jobs – or are plunging into self-employment – make sure you are financially prepared to transition smoothly. A new position can be an exciting opportunity, but it may also add to the financial demands on you and your family.
Losing a Job
Losing a job can take a toll on your ego. But it doesn’t have to take a toll on your financial security. There are steps you can take to lessen the impact of temporary unemployment and protect the financial well-being of yourself and your loved ones.
Living Comfortably in Retirement
Now more than ever, planning for your retirement is critical. At Northwestern Mutual, our approach to retirement planning is designed to help you get to – and through – retirement with a greater level of financial confidence, so you can relax, knowing you have a road map to achieve your goals.
At Northwestern Mutual, our financial planning process and investment advisory services are designed to help you zero in on what’s most important to you, prioritize your goals and develop strategies to bring your vision for the future to life.
Accident or Illness
An accident or illness can change your life in an instant. Of course, most people don’t like to think about the potential ramifications of a disabling disease or traumatic event, but these incidents happen more often than you might think. That’s why protecting your ability to earn an income is important.
Divorce can be disruptive to you and your family. Eliminate some of the stress of reinventing your life by taking control of your financial planning.
Loss of a Loved One
Of all the challenges in life, the loss of a loved one can be one of the most painful experiences you will encounter. By having a plan in place to manage the financial consequences of losing a loved one, you can focus on addressing the emotional challenges death may bring.
When you have an estate plan in place, your children or other loved ones won’t be burdened with making tough decisions on your behalf when they’re already dealing with your illness or death.
At the outset, your financial plan may not need to address all of these life events. But over time, as your circumstances and priorities change, we’ll work with you to adjust your plan accordingly.
Risk Management Solutions
When your financial plan includes wealth protection and risk management, you'll be helping to ensure your family is secure.
Risk Management Solutions
When your financial plan includes wealth protection and risk management, you'll be helping to ensure your family - and your vision for the future - is secure.
We'll work with you to develop strategies to:
- Provide for your family in the event of death.
Life insurance policies can be designed with different needs in mind. They can provide temporary protection, cash accumulation or may be utilized as part of an estate plan. Through our association with Northwestern Mutual, we have access to Northwestern Mutual's high-quality, competitively priced life insurance products, including permanent, term, combination and variable policies.
- Provide for you and your family in the event of a disability.
Disability income insurance helps to protect your most valuable asset, your ability to earn an income. But what if the unexpected happened and you suddenly weren’t able to earn a living because of illness or injury? Not only would you have the stress of meeting everyday living expenses, but you might also have to put other goals, like saving for a child's college or for retirement, on hold.
- Provide for long-term care.
Long-term Care events can have a significant impact on your financial security. Planning for long-term care events can help provide options on how to fund and receive care, should you need it.
Your business is unique, and it takes a personalized plan to help you create, grow and protect your business’s value.
Whether you’re thinking about launching a new business or planning to expand an existing one, we can help you create, grow and protect your business’s value.
We’ll work with you to develop a personalized financial plan with solutions designed to meet the unique needs of your business, with strategies to:
- Integrate all aspects of financial planning for your business and your personal life to ensure success on both fronts.
- Minimize risk by being prepared for the unexpected.
- Safeguard your business with coverage to help offset the loss of cash flow if you become sick or hurt.
- Recruit and retain employees with competitive benefits programs.
- Enhance your benefits programs to reward employees who are key to the success of your business.
- Transition your business smoothly with a properly designed and funded business succession plan.