Douglass sanctions this plan: â€śIf youâ€™re looking to preserve wealth, you should put everything you own into a trust instead of leaving it outright to your children.â€ť This process puts a trustee over the inheritance to better ensure that assets are distributed and spent wisely. Trusts donâ€™t have to cost a fortune to set up. Broussard says some attorneys will work with clients on a sliding pay scale. She also suggests pre-paid legal services for single-parent households with lower incomes.
Diversify Insurance Policies
Rodgers has term, whole life, and variable policies to ensure stability. A term policy is set for a period of time, either 10, 20, or 30 years. Once a single parent is able to afford more insurance, it is recommended that she diversify with whole life policies that can be universal (fixed rate of return) or variable (rate of return based on market fluctuations).
â€śIf a person has more to spend per month, then I suggest a blended scenario with a longer term and a whole life policy that continues to build cash value,â€ť says Robertson. This scenario would provide cash upon death to children while they are still young. After the term policy expires, the mother would still have cash value from the whole life policy that she could access during her entire lifetime.
â€śI donâ€™t want to see people with a $10,000 or $25,000 policy anymore,â€ť says Robertson. â€śYou need a minimum of a $500,000 or a $1 million policy; thatâ€™s how you create a legacy and wealth preservation.â€ť Obtaining the proper insurance is a simple step that can make a big difference in your wealth plan. â€śLife insurance is the easiest way to preserve wealth,â€ť says Michelle Oliver, president of theÂ Oliver Financial Group.
Cynathya Mouton of Union City, California, is not letting her divorce derail her from her wealth preservation goals. The 42-year-old decided to stall building a real estate empire when she realized that divorce was imminent. To ensure she didnâ€™t lose any more wealth to her ex-husband in the divorce settlement, she stopped purchasing homes for a while. After the two-year battle was over in 2003, Mouton resumed her plan. She now has seven properties that yield $84,000 per year in rental income. This is in addition to the six-figure income she earns from her position as an assistant general manager at Honda of Oakland.