Rethinking Home Ownership Leaves Less to Worry About
Danni Robinson was a “50 something” soon-to-be divorcee. Because her husband had earned and managed a majority of their income while they were married, she wisely sought the help of an independent advisor in the form of Wealth Management Solutions. Beyond the financials of splitting the assets, she would need a plan for purchasing and furnishing a new residence, caring for their children, and the next chapter in her life. Danni also wasn’t sure if she could even afford to buy and take care of the maintenance of a new home.
Fear of the Unknown Can Distract from a Positive Outcome
Initial meetings focused on a thorough review of Danni’s goals and expectations for life after marriage. Our analysis found the following needs:
“I am strong enough to make this change, but that doesn’t mean I am not uncertain about what the outcome will be”
Action: Review of assets exposes opportunities for a win-win situation
Following our consultation, our client took the following recommendations to improve their position for their family and their future:
|Lifestyle Choices||Annual Living Expenses||$40,000 Car Every 4 Years||Home Repairs||Real Estate Taxes|
|Purchase a Home ($200k)||$30,000||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Because the assets Danni received as a result of the divorce decree were lopsided toward higher risk investments, Wealth Management Solutions initiated a more appropriate asset allocation for her more conservative nature. We also were able to reduce the fees well below the 2.5% she and her husband had been paying at their old advisor.
By reviewing and updating beneficiary information on accounts, Danni could be assured that assets would not revert to her ex-husband and his new family.
Results: “A New Partner” in My Life
Wealth Management Solutions assisted a divorcee, along with her divorce mediator, toward a much more amicable, and financially positive outcome than either party had considered at the start of divorce filing. Our client’s initial need was for assurances and assistance, which involved a frank conversation around her cash flow going forward. But in the end, she ended up with a new partner, who continues to have her financial best interest in mind whenever they meet.
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