Having a Child

Growing your family can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. It also comes with legal and financial responsibilities that you will need to plan for, both ongoing as your child(ren) grow up, and in advance.

What you need to do

Key steps to consider, what to watch out for, and ways advisory firms can help to set up your family with a financial strategy that aligns with your values.

  • Plan for Expenses

    Medical expenses, additional insurance coverage, initial nesting costs, and any planned education costs will require an adjustment to your budget.

  • Adjust Investment Strategy

    With a growing family, your short-and long-term financial goals will change, and your asset allocation should be adjusted accordingly to account for college savings, childcare costs, moving, and insurance.

  • Create Disaster Plans

    You will want your family to be protected even in case of unforeseen events. For peace of mind, a will and/or trust, life insurance, disability income insurance, and a plan for major medical expenses should be considered.

Common Mistakes

  • Spending beyond your budget
  • Missing out on insurance savings
  • Missing out on tax deductions

How can advisory firms help?

  • Tax Firms

    Tax Strategy

    Maximize new child tax credits, potential state tax deductions for a portion of your 529 contributions, and federal tax deductions for qualified medical expenses beyond the AGI threshold.

    Help with Saving

    Leverage tax optimized accounts to help save for education costs.

  • Trust & Estate Firms

    Complex Estate Needs

    If you have children from a former marriage, have a special needs child, and/or you have assets (or a business) with a low cost-basis that are likely to appreciate significantly over time that you plan to gift or transfer upon your death, it is highly recommended to set up a trust.

  • Financial Advisory Firms

    Holistic Financial Planning

    During a happy but busy time, have an objective third party help decide what makes the most financial sense in terms of lifestyle spending and long-term saving/spending tradeoffs.

    Other Upcoming Events

    An experienced financial adviser will have worked with many families over the course of decades, and can flag potential issues and opportunities as you plan any moves, home purchases, job changes, and/or continuing to grow your family.

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