On Jan. 31st in North Aurora: `Can You Afford to Retire?’

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Can you afford to retire?

Depending on your situation, it’s a simple question that you may welcome with a sense of accomplishment or receive with more than a little concern.

That provocative, but urgent, question is also the title of a free presentation by retirement expert Dr. Jim Flanagan on Tuesday, January 31st. The program is being hosted by the Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak Street in North Aurora, and begins at 7 p.m.

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To register for the session, visit https://tinyurl.com/MessengerCYATR. For more information, or if you prefer to register by phone, please contact Adult Services at 630-896-0240, ext. 3.

Flanagan, founder of Bentron Financial Group, will guide attendees through several self-evaluation exercises that help reveal their readiness for retirement. Thereafter, attendees will be introduced to 10 critical questions that every retiree must answer before embarking on a successful retirement. In addition, the session will cover the basic need for an estate and/or a financial plan, as Flanagan provide an estate analysis questionnaire and an example of a balance sheet.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an additional layer of uncertainty as people approach retirement, he noted.

“In a real practical way, this program helps people assess whether they are ready to retire,” Flanagan added. “And if not, what steps do you need to take to get there?”

Flanagan founded Bentron Financial Group in 2001. He has provided financial guidance to people at or near retirement age for over 30 years. In that time, he has become a nationally recognized expert on financial issues impacting older adults and late-life transitions. Flanagan is the author of Packing For Retirement: A Practical Guide to Prepare for Retirement at Any Age.

Bentron Financial Group is online at www.bentron.com.

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