When we consider our plans for the long-term, money is the one thing we don't want to worry about if something unexpected happens.
Financial security can also give us more flexibility over how we manage these situations.
I’d already been helping Arthur and Rose organise their finances for 15 years when they came to speak to me about their pensions.
In speaking with Arthur, he wanted to take early retirement but was bamboozled by all the paperwork he’d been receiving about his money purchase scheme.
I advised Arthur to put his pension pot into drawdown rather than buying an annuity, which meant he would be able to take as much income as he needed, when he needed it. I also put together for them a lifetime financial plan, which helped the couple realise they would have enough money to continue doing all the things they enjoyed, even though they were no longer working.
During these difficult times, I believe it’s a good idea to include all the family in any conversations about money so that they feel supported.
Despite being vulnerable, Rose remained involved in all discussions and decisions along with their two daughters, which helped everyone understand what we were trying to achieve financially.
To support Rose, I suggested using the money sitting in her bank account to improve their lives together. She was beginning to suffer mobility issues, so they bought a new car and furniture for their home and updated the bathroom to make it easier to use. These were all things Rose benefited from and could get excited about.
They’ve both told me that they’ll come to me for advice when they need to, as we have already built a trusted relationship.
Please note the client names in this story have been changed
"The most rewarding part of my role is being able to provide support and reassurance to clients during difficult, potentially life-changing, times."
Julie joined Charles Stanley in January 2018 and is an experienced Chartered Financial Planner with a broad base of experience in advising clients in all areas of financial planning. She specialises in advising older and more vulnerable clients and is a SOLLA Accredited Later Life Adviser.
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