When we make financial decisions, we often don't think about the long-term effects – good and bad – they will have on other people. Their impact can shape the lives of immediate family members as well as generations to come long after we're gone.
You may be wondering, what does this have to do with retirement income planning? In my case, everything. When clients ask what motivated me to become a financial planner, I tell them that observing, and paying for, the consequences of my parents' (may they rest in peace) lack of planning was the driving factor.