Good financial planning involves taking a comprehensive and holistic approach to looking at your financial picture. It isn’t just investment management, but also tax planning, retirement income planning, estate planning, and protection of assets. It also means trying to maximize saving money through tax reduction strategies and expense management.
One of the more important and misunderstood benefits available through Social Security is the spousal retirement benefit. The original purpose of the spousal benefit was to provide a retirement income for stay at home spouses who had limited work history because they did not work or spent several years out of the workforce while raising a family.
Social Security is very often the cornerstone of a retirement income plan. It is an important benefit that provides inflation adjusted income that the client can't outlive. But, with a married couple, once one spouse dies, that income is going to drop resulting in a "pay cut" for the surviving spouse.