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Mutual Funds, Financial Planning Expert - Answered on May 09, 2024

Asked on - Apr 28, 2024Hindi

My pension per month is 1.25 lakhs which is indexed to inflation as per the state government rules through the payment of dearness allowance from time to time. The pension also gets revised upwards every ten years. I donated all my savings, about two crores, to my sons who are well placed in company jobs. Now my saving is meagre, only a few lakhs. I am now 72 years old and live with my wife who is 10 years younger. I am also reasonably healthy. After my death, my wife will get family pension which will be about 70 percent of my pension. I also save 70 per cent of my pension and every few years I donate the saved amount to my sons. I don't have any insurance cover. My question is whether I should go for financial planning?
Ans: Given your current financial situation and lifestyle, it's understandable to contemplate the need for financial planning at your age. While you have a stable pension income and have transferred your savings to your sons, it's essential to consider several factors:
1. Life Expectancy: Although you're reasonably healthy now, it's crucial to plan for unforeseen health expenses and potential long-term care needs as you age.
2. Estate Planning: Ensure your estate planning is in order to facilitate a smooth transfer of assets to your wife and heirs after your passing. This includes creating a will, assigning beneficiaries, and considering the implications of any existing debts or liabilities.
3. Insurance Coverage: While you may not require life insurance at this stage, consider the benefits of health insurance to cover medical expenses. Evaluate your options based on your health condition, affordability, and coverage needs.
4. Legacy Planning: Since you regularly donate a portion of your pension to your sons, consider how you want to leave a legacy for future generations. Explore charitable giving options or setting up trusts to support causes close to your heart.
5. Long-Term Financial Security: Although your pension is indexed to inflation and you have a family pension for your wife, assess whether additional sources of income or investments are necessary to ensure long-term financial security and maintain your desired standard of living.
6. Consult with a Certified Financial Planner: Consider consulting with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) who can assess your financial situation, goals, and concerns. A CFP can provide personalized recommendations and strategies to optimize your finances, plan for the future, and address any potential gaps in your financial plan.
Financial planning can provide peace of mind and help you navigate the complexities of retirement, estate planning, and legacy considerations. Even with a stable pension income, it's wise to proactively manage your finances to ensure you and your wife have a secure and comfortable retirement.

Best Regards,
K. Ramalingam, MBA, CFP,
Chief Financial Planner,

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Relationships Expert, Mind Coach - Answered on May 30, 2023

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