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A Wake Up Call: How Not to Deal With an Inheritance.

The following story offers a great example of what can go wrong when a young, financially inexperienced individual becomes wealthy overnight. This author’s advice at the end is exactly what we recommend to clients in this situation:

  1. Get advice from someone on how to use this new found wealth.
  2. Create a plan. Put it in writing. Understand what these funds will be used for it.
  3. Stick to the plan. Without controlling your budget, you can slowly lose track of the wealth.
  4. Don’t be tempted to rely too much on this wealth. It’s very, very easy and tempting to dip into the inheritance when things get tough. But it’s nearly impossible to rebuild a nest egg has been decimated.

How I Blew a $250,000 Inheritance