National Healthcare Decisions Day

We all know the significance of April 15th each year, but do you know why April 16th is also important for you and your family?  April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  The goal of this “National” day is to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.  Advance care planning involves taking the time to carefully consider and document your preferences around end-of life care.  It also includes the act of legally designating and empowering an agent to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you were to become unable to do so for yourself. Although these can be uncomfortable topics to consider, approaching these conversations proactively will allow you to stay in better control of the future, whether you are able to personally voice your preferences, or are reliant on someone else.  The primary benefits of advance care planning include; Careful consideration of your wants and desires at end-of-life Documentation of those desires, including life-sustaining measures to be avoided or applied Requests for specific comfort measures , surroundings or companions as death approaches Read on! →

Retiring Soon? Here are the 5 things you should do first

A recent article on Grandparents.com entitled “Retiring Soon?  Here are the 5 things you should do first” was written by Kristen Sturt and featured advice by Cheryl Sherrard.  Cheryl’s advice included the following; Start tracking your new daily expenses Now that you’re not working, your daily expenditures will change, possibly drastically. “I tell new retirees that it can take a year or two to adjust to retirement and really know what you will spend on average,” says Cheryl Sherrard of Clearview Wealth Management in Charlotte, NC, “and you need to know what your retirement income can support, even in bad market years.” Fill your calendar with meaningful activities Why did you retire? Now is the time to discover the real reason. “Find your passion,” urges Sherrard. “I’ve seen too many individuals retire ‘from’ something and not ‘to’ something. While it takes everyone time to get used to retirement, you have to find a reason to get up in the morning, whether it is volunteering, gardening, finding a part-time gig, etc.” Making concrete plans. “Many are surprised that their goal of Read on! →

Just Dating? 3 Money Topics to Discuss before you get Serious!

Cheryl Sherrard, CFP was quoted recently in a Learnvest article by Meghan Rabbitt, entitled, “Just Dating?  3 Money Topics to Discuss before you get Serious”. Dating discussion #1 included talking about your family money histories. For instance, if he grew up with no money, he may have an inordinate fear of never having enough. On the flip side, if his parents always forked over cash, he may have never learned to delay gratification, says Cheryl Sherrard, a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and director of financial planning for Clearview Wealth Management in Charlotte, N.C. Knowing what shaped his views can help you compare his experiences to your own and see where your differences may lie. “I think people tend to assume that everyone else will deal with money the same way they do, and don’t think about the fact that money—or the lack thereof—can carry huge emotional ties as well,” Sherrard says. Dating discussion #2 focused on your Debt Situation. Debt can be a squirm-inducing, four-letter word in the realm of dating. But it ranks high on the list of important Read on! →

April 29, 2016 is a new Social Security deadline. Does it apply to you?

A little know congressional act which became law late in 2015 affects some of the most popular Social Security strategies and may directly impact you.   You need to understand whether or not the new rules apply to your situation and whether you need to take action with Social Security by the April 29th deadline. The rule changes to Social Security are the result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was enacted on Dec. 17th, 2015.  This Congressional Act was not focused on Social Security but nevertheless, impacted many individuals and couples because of a few key provisions within the new legislation.  The act changes the rules in two key areas of Social Security benefits strategies. File and Suspend.  (In this strategy the person making the election is not requesting benefits for themselves, but is only activating benefit eligibility for family members who may benefit from that person’s earnings record) The file and suspend option in Social Security (SS) allowed an individual covered by SS to file for and then immediately suspend their own benefit, thereby making other family members Read on! →

Cheryl Sherrard is featured speaker at February 2nd luncheon

Cheryl Sherrard, CFP will be speaking at the “Seasoned to Perfection” lunch group at Matthews United Methodist Church on February 2, 2016.  She will be speaking to the group about “Conversations on Aging” and the 5 essential conversations for families.  To have Cheryl as a speaker for your event, click here to contact us with the details.