Estate planning: Where do you start?

Your federal retirement could last decades so it pays to plan ahead.  As in having a plan.

Doing the right/smart thing now means a payoff for you, for your spouse/significant other and your children. And peace of mind. The way you get your financial ducks in a row can be a major gift — emotionally as well as financially — for those who may wind up taking care of you.

So do you have an estate plan? Does it include beneficiary designations and property ownership arrangements? Do you know the difference between a will and a trust? And which is best for you?

Tom O’Rourke is a Washington area attorney who specializes in estate planning. Many of his clients are active and retired federal workers. He says that many feds are worth a lot more than they think.

O’Rourke is the only guest on  our Your Turn radio show today at 10 a.m. EDT. The show is streaming live at In the D.C. area, you can also listen on 1500 AM. If you have questions for Tom, you can call in during the show at 202-465-3080 or email me the questions (before show time) at

This is a good show to tell friends and coworkers about. If you can’t listen today, or want to hear it again and refer a friend, all the shows are archived on the Your Turn homepage.


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