Having the appropriate insurance coverage in place both pre- and post-retirement can help safeguard your assets and prevent you from having to dip into your retirement accounts to pay for unexpected health events.
Most people can imagine having minor injuries or illnesses that require them to take a few days or weeks off of work. But what if you’re forced out of work for months, years, or even permanently? Having disability insurance coverage can replace a significant portion of your previous income; allowing you to pay for essential needs while continuing to make progress toward your financial goals.
It’s no secret that Americans are living longer than ever before. If you retire at 62 and live until 92, you’ll not only need to ensure that your retirement plan can sustain your financial needs for 30 years, but you’ll likely have to account for the cost of health and medical services that can quickly eat away at your savings. Long-term care insurance allows you to cover the cost of entering nursing care, visits to the doctor, prescriptions, and more.
When it comes to insurance planning, everyone will have different needs and risk tolerances. That’s why it’s important to speak with an insurance professional to discuss your financial situation, healthcare needs, and retirement lifestyle goals.
Page is a partner in Wealthcare Financial and the president of Misenhimer, Aivazian, and Tennant, P.C., a certified public accounting firm in Yuma.
He has been a certified public accountant licensed in Arizona for over twenty years, specializing in estate planning. In 1997, he earned the designation of Personal Financial Specialist from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he holds licenses for life, health, and disability insurance. He’s also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a former member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Page attended the University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in accounting and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in finance and real estate.
Melissa is a Financial Advisor with a Certified Military Financial Advisor designation at Wealthcare Financial. She helps the team service existing clients; manage audit preparations and compliance issues; act as primary contact for outside retirement plans; assist with annual client review meetings; and liaise with the Yuma community. She specializes in helping the newly bereaved navigate the estate settlement process—particularly new widows who want to build confidence in managing their finances if it’s new to them.
Melissa graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO; earning a BA in business administration with an international emphasis. Her career began in the hospitality industry before moving into financial services in 2006.
She volunteers extensively in the community through the Yuma Elks Lodge 476 and Yuma Rotary; serving as club president and as an assistant governor for Rotary District 5500. In her spare time, she enjoys a number of hobbies including archery and playing golf.
Steve is the managing partner of Wealthcare Financial, managing director of the Wealthcare Advisory Group, and a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial. Since 2000, he has provided investment advice by using a holistic financial planning approach based on his clients’ goals, needs, and long-term life plans.
He works closely with Page and Shawn to ensure that his clients have access to not only financial advice but the insurance, legal, and tax planning services they need to grow their wealth and protect their assets.
Steve earned a BS in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Webster University. He’s also proud of being a former Yuma High School “Criminal” (the mascot of his local high school).
Shawn is a partner in Wealthcare Financial, a member of the Arizona State Bar Association, and admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Arizona. Before joining the firm, he practiced in the area of commercial litigation and bankruptcy law.
Shawn joined Wealthcare Financial to help people achieve the peace of mind that comes with knowing their affairs are in order. He conducts free, monthly estate planning seminars to help get the word out about the problems and pitfalls associated with estate planning. He also writes a monthly estate planning column in The Yuma Sun.
He is a frequent speaker at public seminars covering the various aspects of estate planning and long-term care benefits available through Medicaid. Shawn also participates regularly as a member of the Arizona Medicaid Planning Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA). He is also a VA Accredited Attorney.
Shawn earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky Law School in 2008. He graduated in the top 1% of his class at Colorado State University when he earned his undergraduate degree with a double major in both Political Science and Criminal Justice. He also holds an Associate’s degree from Arizona Western College.
Maren is a client service associate at Wealthcare Financial, helping to facilitate communication with clients, schedule meetings, and maintain the client account database. From cultivating and onboarding new clients to ushering existing clients through their financial journey, Maren plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations of our firm.
Maren has worked in the financial services industry since 2015, and with Ameriprise since 2018.