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>I hired a financial planner some 15 yrs. ago

All I can say is I wish I had.

I was caught in a downsizing late last year, and while not totally unexpected, I was nowhere near prepared (but thought that I was)

Took some real fast education, some planning/statusing tools (my first copy of quicken for the home computer all though I had been using there finacial planner for about the previous 2 years to get a feel for how I stood as far as my assets were concerned).

So the first part of this year had been way hectic, but sorta fun and wow did I sure have to do a whole lot of deciding about things that I never would have dreamed of. Hell I just found out about this 70 1/2 withdrawl thing about a few months ago.

But the good news is that as a result of saving for a whole lot of years (in company plans including 401K) and luck, I am pretty sure that between the pension I am getting and the savings that I had, I probably will be ok.

lol, and that includes getting a 16 year old and 13 year old through college (probably not Harvard or Stanford though)

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