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.

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Staying Independent After Losing My Spouse

During such an emotional time, it can be difficult to know what to do next. A financial planner can help you take the right financial steps.

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A Few Things You Can Do

Avoid Rushing into Big Decisions

You may be tempted to sell the family home, invest life insurance proceeds or gift money to family or friends. Before you make any major decisions about your finances, give yourself time to adjust.

Understand What Assets and Accounts Are Joint

If you co-owned assets and/or held accounts jointly with your spouse, you’re entitled to those assets without having to go through probate or other waiting period. These resources may provide you with an immediate financial cushion.

If your spouse has left an RRSP to you, these assets can be transferred to you on a tax-deferred basis.

Revisit Your Health Insurance Coverage

If you’re currently working, setting up health and disability insurance will protect your ability to earn an income in the event of a serious injury or illness.

Review Your Will and Estate Plan

If your spouse was the primary beneficiary of your assets, or was named as your executor and/or Power of Attorney, you’ll need to identify other loved ones to inherit your estate and act on your behalf.

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Get Help from a Financial Professional

A financial planner can help you put together a plan that addresses your current financial obligations, as well as your future goals and priorities. They can also help with your insurance, estate planning and borrowing needs.

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RBC Financial Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (RMFI). Financial planning services and investment advice are provided by RMFI. RMFI, RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal Trust Company are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. RMFI is licensed as a financial services firm in the province of Quebec.