Stay on Top of Your Finances During a Difficult Time

It can be hard to see things clearly when you’re going through a personal loss or adversity. Having a financial plan can give you a fresh perspective.

Protecting Myself Financially in a Divorce

Reduce some of your stress and uncertainty by creating a plan that helps to protect you financially.

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself

1.Get Organized

Find out exactly what assets you and your spouse own, and what liabilities you have. You’ll gain insight into your net worth and feel confident that you know where you stand.

2.Establish Your Own Credit

It’s important to set up credit in your name now, in case you need it in the future. It’s also smart to close joint credit accounts and notify your mortgage lender of the change.

3.Open Your Own Bank Account

And close joint accounts at this time. If you need to keep joint accounts open for any reason, ask that both signatures be required for transactions.

4.Revise Your Will and Power of Attorney

While the laws vary by province, divorce doesn’t generally revoke a Will or a Power of Attorney. This is an important time to review your estate documents.

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5.Update Your Investment Accounts

Notify your investment representative about your change in status. It may also be a good idea to review or possibly freeze trading authorizations until your divorce is settled and assets are divided.

6.Set up a Network of Professional Support

Among other things, your financial planner can refer you to other qualified professionals—such as a lawyer and accountant—to provide the expertise you need to reach a fair settlement that protects your interests.

How an RBC Financial Planner Can Help

Can I keep the house? Will I have enough to retire? What kind of lifestyle can I afford? A financial planner can address questions like these while helping you to:

  • Manage your cash flow and reduce taxes
  • Make smart borrowing decisions
  • Create or revise your retirement plan
  • Plan for your children’s post-secondary education

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