What to do with a sudden windfall

When you receive a sudden windfall of money from inheritance, a gift, or for some lucky individuals out there, winning, the extra cash creates an opportunity for you to improve your financial situation. There are several steps you can take to preserve your new found wealth  and potentially set yourself up for life goals or early retirement.

Determine the tax implications

The very first step should be to consider the tax implications. Speak to your financial adviser to determine the most tax-efficient strategy.

Set up a FUNd (a small portion for fun!)

Set aside a small percentage for your enjoyment or entertainment. Generally this should not be more than 10-15% of the money.

Set up a Financial Plan

Before you make any  big decisions, create a Financial Plan for this money. If you’ve already done this, consider updating your financial goals. 

Create or update your Estate Plan

A sudden windfall is the perfect opportunity to review your Estate Plan to make sure that your money will be distributed exactly according to your wishes upon your death…and as tax efficiently as possible.

Create an Emergency Fund

An Emergency Fund is traditionally 3 – 6 months worth of your salary. This money should be put in a high yield savings account, and the money should only be accessed for true emergencies such as job loss or a medical emergency. Remember to always replenish it after you have dipped into your Emergency Fund.

Pay off or consider buying a house

If you don’t already own a home, this money may make an excellent deposit. If you purchase the house outright and have some funds remaining, consider investing the money you would’ve spent on regular mortgage payments elsewhere.

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