4 Things To Do When You Inherit Money

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At some point, a person may find themselves in a situation where they inherit a large sum of money.  Whether this happens as a result of an insurance settlement, the death of a family member, or some other sudden way of obtaining money, it’s important to take the right measures necessary in order to make the best possible decisions.  

The amount of money you currently find yourself with is a tool that you can use to better your future, so you should educate yourself on the best things to do.  Some people make the mistake of getting over-excited about this new amount of money and spend it immediately. However, it’s in your best interest to think about the present as well as the future when it comes to your finances.

If you happen to find yourself with a significant amount of money and aren’t sure where to get started, here are some of the first things that you should do.

Hire A Professional

If you’ve never dealt with a large amount of money before, one of the smartest things that you can do for yourself is to hire a financial consultant.  A consultant’s job is to advise you on the best ways to spend your money and where to put it.

They can break down the concept of how interest works, how investment works, and the best way to go about saving.  

When it comes to money, your greatest tool can be educating yourself on how it works.  Therefore,  try to do your homework and get smart by hiring a professional to guide you.

Focus On Returns

When investing this money or spending it try to focus on putting it in places which will offer the greatest return.  For example, if you go out and spend your money on furniture as opposed to investing in real estate, you’ll find that the latter has much more to offer In terms of potential for financial return.

the best rule of thumb when dealing with where to put your money what kind of long-term fulfillment it can offer you as opposed to short term.

Practice Self-Control

While it may be enticing to go out and spend it all immediately, it’s important to remember that it’s ok to take it slow.  Try to practice self-control, and remember, there is no rush in what to do with this amount of money.

Keep It Private

You may be excited to go out and tell all of your friends and family about this new amount of money that you found yourself with.  However, as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep this sort of information private.  You never know if you may be putting yourself in a vulnerable position.


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Fiona is a stay at home mum of 3 and a wife to a city banker. In her spare time (when not looking after the kids) she enjoys running, blogging and taking the digs for long walks.