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Love is in the air this
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For starters, do you have sufficient life insurance to help provide for your spouse and any children who may not yet be adults? Many people rely solely on their employers’ group insurance, which is often insufficient to adequately cover all the costs associated with maintaining their families’ lifestyles — not to mention future costs, such as paying for college. How much life insurance do you need? There’s no one right answer for everyone, so you may wish to consult with your financial advisor. Life insurance isn’t the only type of protection you need to consider — because you don’t have to die to lose your income. In fact, statistically speaking, you are more likely to become disabled during your working years than you are to die — which is why you need adequate disability income insurance. Your employer may provide disability coverage, but, as was the case with life insurance, it may not be sufficient. So you may also need to consider adding a private policy. While it’s important to maintain adequate life and disability insurance, it’s still not enough to ensure your spouse will be taken care of if he or she outlives you. You also need to ensure that your estate plans are in order. Toward that goal, you will need to work with your legal advisor to create the necessary legal documents, such as a will, a living trust, a durable power of attorney or whatever other arrangements may be appropriate for your situation. In generating your estate plan, you must consider many factors: the amount of assets you have, how you want them divided, when you would like them distributed, and so on. In any case, estate planning can be complex, so you will need to work with your legal and tax advisors before putting any strategy into place.
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Life insurance, disability income insurance and an estate plan don’t sound like particularly romantic gifts. And you can’t really just “give” them on Valentine’s Day because it will take some time to assemble the insurance coverage and estate planning arrangements you need. But if you haven’t fully worked on these key parts of your financial strategy yet, perhaps Valentine’s Day will be a good time to start — because once you’ve got all your protection needs and estate planning taken care of, you’re really giving your valentine some gifts that are designed to last a lifetime. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Cindy Rose, Financial Advisor Edward Jones 2195 N Highway 83 #23 - Franktown, CO 80116 303.688-2127 Member SIPC
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¥ On March 3, 1952, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state statute (the Feinberg Law) that prohibits communists from teaching in public schools. The law remained in force until another Supreme Court decision in 1967 declared most of its provisions unconstitutional. ¥ On Feb. 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay dethrones heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. Clay had predicted he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” to defeat Liston, the 8-1 favorite.
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