John McCord’s article highlights the start of 2012 as the perfect time to reassess the state of your financial plan, including your investment, taxation, insurance, retirement and estate needs. When cross-border complexities are present, the need for a coordinated review is even more pronounced. The process starts with a qualified advisor and a planning analysis of the preceding year’s after-tax cash flows. An advisor should also review goals, values and time frames, and financial plans should be updated to reflect significant events. In addition, account consolidation should be considered in areas such as retirement accounts.