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FINANCIAL PLANNING CHECKLIST

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					                        Financial Planning Checklist
 If any adult member of your family does not have a will, you should contact your attorney. If you have
  a will, have you reviewed it in the last five years?

 Make sure to provide—either in your will or elsewhere (in writing)—for the legal guardianship and
  personal custody of your minor children.

 If you have other dependents (elderly parents, disabled persons), make sure provision is also made for
  their care.

 Compile a location listing of all your important financial and legal papers and inform all appropriate
  persons of the location of this listing.

 Review your wills and/or trust documents with your attorney to see whether or not the provisions —if
  any—concerning simultaneous death are adequate.

 Review the adequacy of your insurance coverage:
  a) Fire/extended coverage on all real estate and tangible personal property, with current values
  b) Theft
  c) Personal liability
  d) Other insurance appropriate to your situation

 For fire and theft insurance purposes, compile an inventory of all your tangible personal property, and
  include photographs or a videotape of all valuable items and furnishings. Store this information in
  your safety deposit box or elsewhere away from home.

 Both spouses together should review current financial situation, and your complete financial plan—
  including plans for retirement and after the death of a spouse

 Be sure both spouses know your attorney, CPA or tax advisor, broker, insurance advisor, and other
  appropriate individuals.

 Review disposition of property not subject to probate (jointly owned assets, life insurance, etc.)

 Compile information on the cost and purchase date of all assets you presently own, including your
  residence. Include how they are owned - individually, jointly, community property, etc.

 If you are not presently using a family budget, prepare a budget and keep tabs on your current
  budget position. At the very least, add up your annual spending.

 If you borrow money from several sources, or incur finance charges by paying credit card minimums,
  determine whether a single bank loan at reduced interest rates is feasible.

 Review all your investments - stocks, bonds, CD's, and analyze their effectiveness. If changes are
  indicated, make a plan or timetable for such changes.


                                 Covenant Trust Company®
                                       your financial services resource
                               trustee services • asset management • legacy planning

                         5215 Old Orchard Road, Suite 725, Skokie, IL 60077
                                   800-483-2177 • 847-583-3200
                          info@CovenantTrust.com • www.CovenantTrust.com

				
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