On its surface, Social Security seems like a fairly straightforward program. You and your employer pay a tax based on your earnings, while you work. When you retire, you get a lifelong income stream that’s somewhat tied to how much you paid into the system.
My mother and father had retirement funds. My father passed and it went to my mother. My mother got remarried and she had a will when she died. My stepfather is to get what they agreed upon. She never made him the beneficiary of that retirement fund that was between my mother and father., However, when I asked to see the amount of this fund, the executor would not produce it. How can we find out the amount?
There tends to be a lot of excitement in the air as one approaches retirement. Contemplating how to spend one’s golden years represents the culmination of decades of hard work and the ability to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor. While the enthusiasm is warranted, it’s also crucial to make some important financial planning decisions before the fun begins.