Learn about Saving for Retirement
Read a book or two about retirement planning and explore a few financial websites such as CNN Money and MSN Money. You don’t have to be an expert (that’s what your financial advisor is for), but you should have a basic understanding of retirement planning and your various options. Having a general knowledge base will facilitate productive discussions with your financial advisor and increase your comfort level with the process.
Pick a Retirement Savings Vehicle That Is Right for You
There are a variety of choices, such as a 401(k), Keogh plan, IRA or SIMPLE plan. Each type of investment vehicle has different advantages and disadvantages with regard to eligibility, financial risk, return, access to funds and taxes. Some are better suited to certain legal models of practice. Consult with your financial advisor to determine which option is best for you.
Consider Other Sources of Income
When you retire, you may have other sources of income in addition to your retirement savings. Be sure to consider Social Security benefits, revenue from part-time practice and income from other investments when you create your retirement plan. You can request a Social Security Statement that estimates your future Social Security benefits.
Plan for Unanticipated Expenses
Life has a way of throwing us an occasional wrench and this remains the case during retirement. Build yourself a financial buffer that is quickly and easily accessible, so you are more readily able to meet needs such as unexpected home repairs or medical expenses if they arise.
Other Financial Issues
When it comes to your future, investing for retirement is not the only financial matter you should consider. Talk to your financial advisor about protecting your assets and those of your loved ones by preparing appropriate wills and trusts and purchasing health, disability and life insurance. You may also want to consider private long-term care insurance if you anticipate expenses that will not be adequately covered by government sources such as Medicare or any supplementary health insurance you carry.
Since malpractice charges can be filed even after treatment ends, it is also essential to make sure you will be covered in terms of professional liability. Before you retire, check your policy and consult with your liability insurance provider about appropriate and sufficient coverage.