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Financial Planning Helps Ensure Peace of Mind

Losing a spouse can be very difficult. HFA planners can help a couple financially prepare in advance of the death of either spouse.

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A recent widow may be hesitant or lack the expertise to handle finances. Planners can assist by providing knowledge and offering support. Initially, they help her ascertain how much income she can expect to receive from her late husband’s pension and social security. Together, they review expenses to aid her in determining how much revenue is required to maintain a desired standard of living. Working with the client, planners develop an asset inventory and discuss possible risks within the portfolio. HFA planners join with the widow’s attorney to assist her with reregistering assets in her name and filing life insurance claims. They also study tax returns, helping her to understand and address all issues.

Planners coordinate with the client to guide her in creating a comfortable income from assets. This assistance includes establishing an appropriate asset allocation based on age and financial situation. HFA offers advice to help the client decide what monies to give to her children and collaborates with an attorney to tender new estate documents designed to pass the estate to her children with a low tax assessment. When procedures and processes are complete, the client files the documentation in HFA’s electronic vault, comforted everything is in order for her children.

The Moral of the Story: Don’t deal with the death of a spouse alone.

The case studies presented are hypothetical in nature and intended for illustrative purposes only to demonstrate the range and scope of services that are provided by HFA to its clients. Individual advice and results will vary based on each client’s circumstances, objectives and prevailing economic conditions.