Beth (Age 75)
To get her financial situation under control after her husband has passed away.
Beth's husband, Bill, handled the couple’s financial matters until his death. He invested their money, paid the bills, and prepared their tax returns. Bill also prided himself on his investment skills, spending many hours a week monitoring and managing their investments and even bragged about the risky stock bets he was making.
Now suddenly on her own, Beth:
- Had no idea where their accounts were, how much she could spend or what to spend first.
- Found their old will in a junk drawer, written when the kids were still young.
- Didn't know who she could trust to help her navigate the situation.
Beth felt ashamed that she knew so little about finances and didn’t know who to turn to. The good news is that one of Beth’s friends, who’d worked with us for several years, suggested she meet with us.
The first thing we did was to review copies of Beth’s financial statements and recent tax returns. We then:
- Helped Beth get the accounts transferred into her name.
- Referred Beth to an accountant and helped to reduce her tax liability taking advantage of a stepped-up basis on many of her assets.
- Helped Beth develop an income plan and modify her investments to more closely match her risk tolerance
- Referred Beth to a qualified estate attorney and worked with them to get an up-to-date living trust and other documents for Beth. We also got her assets titled properly to the new estate plan.
This is a hypothetical example provided for illustrative purposes only; it does not represent a real-life scenario and should not be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual's situation.