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Keeping Your Small Business in Business Through a Disability

If you own a business, you know how it feels to live for that business. You also rely on it to support you and your family. So, what would happen if you suddenly became ill or injured and could no longer work? You need to think about the what-ifs.

The fact is, your loved ones may not have the skills or desire to run the business, and your co-owners may not welcome the idea of an unintended partner. Also, imagine the scenario where it is one of your co-owners who becomes permanently disabled and you’re faced with those choices.

That’s where a disability buy-sell plan comes in to play. This is an agreement among owners to buy out a co-owner’s share of the business in the event of a permanent disability. Here are four options for funding that agreement:

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4 Mistakes You’re Making When It Comes to Protecting Your Paycheck

Figuring out if you need to protect your paycheck—really, your ability to earn an income—with disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job and you rely on your paycheck to meet your monthly bills and financial obligations, you need it.

In essence, disability insurance is there if you suffer an injury or illness and can’t work for an extended period of time. It will replace a portion of your income until you’re able to return to work again.

But most people who are working don’t have this basic protection for the long term, and often it’s because they assume they don’t need it. Here are four common mistakes people make when it comes to understanding disability insurance and its importance in protecting your ability to earn an income.

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3 Reasons You May Still Need Life Insurance as You Head Toward Retirement

Let’s be realistic. If you have an adequate investment and pension portfolio; if you have made provisions for your health care costs; if you have no one relying on you for financial support, maybe, just maybe you can afford to retire.

Did you know that a healthy 65-year-old man has a life expectancy of 87 and a woman, 89; and that 38% of the men and 50% of the women will live to age 90, according to recent research on longevity risks and retirement.

So, do you need life insurance? Let’s look at three reasons you might.

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