You may be someone who looks forward to the day you retire, or you could be someone who plans on working for as long as possible. No matter which category you fall into, you should do some retirement planning in preparation for this major milestone.
Every estate plan should have a power of attorney, in which you give one or more people authority to act as agents on your behalf, when you aren’t able to. Every estate planner and guide to estate planning will tell you that. What few will tell you is there are at least two important instances when the power of attorney (POA) won’t be recognized and followed.
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.