As the old year draws to a close and the new year approaches, many people are taking the time to reflect on 2011 and look forward to 2012, making the traditional New Year’s Resolutions for the year ahead. Many of these resolutions will be very personal—having to do with exercise, work, or personal habits, but there will be some resolutions that can be made which will benefit not just an individual, but their family and loved ones as well. The focus of our blog this week will be on which resolutions you can make to benefit your family and loved ones in 2012, and how we can help.

Times have been tough financially for a lot of people over the past few years, and although things are finally beginning to look up, many people will still be making New Year’s resolutions that focus on fiscal responsibility and financial security. Below are three financial resolutions that can help your family in 2012:

1. Take stock of your current financial situation. Being well-informed and keeping good records of your income, expenses, investments and assets is absolutely essential for good financial health. If something happened to you tomorrow would your spouse or family know what to do and have access to the documents or information needed to protect or pass on your estate? Make a list of all your assets and investments, including account numbers and contact information and keep it in a safe place where your financial agent (or someone else you trust) can find it if and when necessary.

2. Make an investment plan for the future. As with anything in life, it’s important to be prepared for what the future may hold. Having a five year, ten year, and fifty year plan for your financial future is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. When making your plans take into account your current situation, your future goals, and your wildest hopes and dreams for the years ahead. Consult with a knowledgeable financial advisor who can help you plan for and achieve these goals.

3. Protect your assets. We live in a litigious and uncertain world and protecting the assets you have is of the utmost importance. Our firm can help you evaluate and implement the many options available to you to protect your assets. The asset protection strategies you choose will depend on the nature of your assets, the situation of your family, and your goals for the future.

Taking the right steps in 2012 can mean a strong financial base now, as well as a bright and secure future in the years ahead for you and your family. Our firm would like to help protect that future. Call us today.