Talking about Money has historically been considered as “UnFun” but these days it’s critical. What’s even less fun than taking about Money? Money and Death. Yes. Thinking through all of the unpleasantness that comes with death is considerably UnFun but being unprepared for a sudden or unexpected death in your family is even more so.
Statistics indicate that women will often outlive their husbands but that’s not always the case. We all know Stuff happens & that includes BAD Stuff. That’s why it’s important that each spouse take an active role in their household/family finances and know where stuff is and what they have.
Others have talked about this in their columns or blogs like the Blunt Bean Counter in his blog post “Stress Testing your Spouse’s Financial Readiness if you were to Die Suddenly” and Roma Luciw in her Globe and Mail Article Why you should stress-test your finances for a sudden death
The bottom line is about safeguarding your family from additional grief & expense in an already stressful time by ensuring that both spouses have all the important information necessary to manage through such a time.
Let me say that I’m quite familiar with the kinds of scenarios that can occur when a death happens. As an Accountant, I have helped many overcome all sorts of challenges that have been brought about by an untimely death of a loved one (not that there is such a thing as a timely death)
I’m also quite personally aware of the stress that comes from being the “CFO of the family“. That would be the spouse that manages & holds all of the important details relating to the lives of your family. Your family might work that way as Lots of families do: One spouse is the CFO & manages all of the important financial/legal/estate paperwork & the other spouse operates (sometimes blissfully) unaware of all of those important details behind your household finances. It’s not a good position to be in no matter which role you have. As the CFO in my family, I still worry that my spouse is not going to know where everything is and whether he will “leave money on the table” It’s a pretty UnFun responsibility to be the one solely responsible for the “info”.
And now you know some of my personal secrets & some of my motivation behind LegacyTracker. it’s about ensuring that my family and yours have their important details of living life documented, safeguarded & shared with those who need to know. Details like:
- Where the will and power of attorneys are
- Having a readily available & accurate list of assets with account numbers & contact information
- Having a current and comprehensive list of passwords for your digital assets and non-digital assets
- Knowing the location of important legal agreements like income tax returns and real estate deeds
- Knowing exactly how much insurance you have and who are your insurance contacts
- Having the opportunity to write and share details about your final wishes/arrangements
Nothing can be left to chance. It’s up to each of us to safeguard our financial legacies and that’s how LegacyTracker can help. That’s what we’re about.