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Losing your partner is so difficult and it will take you a long time to overcome the emotional turmoil. But one of the difficulties that we don’t talk about as often is the financial problems that often come with the death of a partner. If you were both working, your income is suddenly halved and if they worked while you stayed home with the family, things are even more difficult. Money worries will only make your situation worse, so it’s important that you take steps to look after your financial situation. These are the best ways to avoid financial difficulties after the death of a partner.
Claim Financial Assistance
The first thing that you need to do is claim any financial assistance that you are entitled to. For example, did your partner have a life insurance policy? Claiming on these insurance policies can take time, so make sure that you get the process started as soon as you can.
If your partner was killed in an accident, you may be able to make a claim, so you need to seek legal advice. It’s important that you find wrongful death attorneys who actually care about your case because they will fight tooth and nail to make sure that you get justice for your partner. This financial assistance will be so valuable, so make sure that you claim everything that you are entitled to.
Assess Your Finances And Adjust Your Budget
The next step is to assess your finances and adjust your budget. Start by checking all of the accounts that you have and looking at the financial assistance that you are entitled to so you have a clear idea of exactly how much money you have left.
Then, make a list of all of your outgoing expenses so you have an idea of how long you can survive before you run out of money. You may need to adjust your budget at this point and cut out some luxuries so you can make your money last longer. If you are not currently working, you need to be realistic about how long your money will last and start looking for jobs if you need to.
Don’t Forget About Retirement
At the moment, you are just trying to keep your head above water so you probably haven’t thought about the future. But when things settle down a bit, you need to consider whether you are saving enough for retirement or not. You will most likely have access to your partner’s retirement accounts, but it’s important that you check your total retirement savings and ensure that you are still contributing enough.
Managing debt is much harder when you only have a single income and if you aren’t careful, you could find yourself in a difficult position. If you want to maintain your financial independence, you should prioritize clearing your debts before you do anything else.
Focusing on your mental health is so important after the loss of a loved one, but it’s equally important that you manage your money properly as well.