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A Sane Strategy for Planning Through Life Transitions By Kathleen Marteney, CRPC®

Navigating through major life transitions is stressful, regardless of whether they are anticipated rites of passage, such as a marriage or birth of a child, or unexpected events, such as a divorce, personal illness or death of a spouse. While these changes are inevitable, they need not be emotionally or financially devastating when you take the time to gather information, seek professional advice and prioritize your need and goals.

Transitioning from “what was” to “what will be” can trigger a landslide of time-sensitive financial and estate planning questions. Will I be able to continue paying my current expenses? Will I have additional funds to save for my retirement or child’s college education? How will I ensure the long-term financial security of my family members? Rather than attempting to make rash decisions that can have long-term emotional and financial repercussions, allow yourself the time to take an inventory of your life, your needs, your dreams, and how they may be impacted by your current circumstances.

Consider the things in life that are most important to you, including your personal health and family relationships. Are there areas in your life that need improvement? How does money influence your happiness? What additional resources do you need to live your best life? Next, drill down to review how your current circumstances may change the next chapter of your life. Will you need to update your legal documents, including named beneficiaries? Do you have ample insurance to provide for your loved ones in the event you are no longer able to do so? Are your investments still aligned with your needs and time horizon?

It is critical that you designate this time of self-discovery as a decision-free zone. A time in which you avoid making any conclusions, resolutions or permanent, long-term commitments that can ultimately impede the success of your life transition. Instead, seek the assistance of a financial planning professional who can walk you through a myriad of scenarios before developing or implementing a strategic plan to help you adapt to and thrive in your new normal.

About the Author: Kathleen Marteney, CRPC, is a financial planner with Provenance Wealth Advisors, an Independent Registered Investment Advisor affiliated with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, and a registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services. She can be reached at (800) 737-8804 or via email at

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Kathleen Marteney is a registered representative of and offers securities through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Posted June 2, 2021