1. Make sure you have enough life insurance in place
- to payout all your debts and the mortgage (or have sufficient to buy a place to live), and
- to provide at least one year's replacement income, usually two if you have children or elderly parents who you support (because who wants their partner to have to go back to work on Monday morning after unexpectedly losing the love of their life on Friday afternoon).
2. Update your Binding Nominations
What's a Binding Nomination I hear you ask?
- Superannuation funds and Life Insurance companies need to know in writing who you officially nominate to receive any life insurance payout.
If you don't formally nominate who that person is, and keep it updated, you might not like who actually receives that life insurance payout. So remove all doubts and get it officially documented (and have your financial adviser keep a copy for you too).
You can change and update your nominations as you like, but you have to make one first. You can learn more about Binding Nominations here.
Pro Tip: Some high-quality Income Protection policies also have a death benefit component to the cover they provide so check if your policy does and whether you need to update you official Binding Nomination.
We can help you with that so just Contact us.
3. Get your 2 Key legal documents in place
We all need to make sure we have at least two current important legal documents in place:
- Attorney and Power, and
- Power of Enduring Guardianship
These are designed to protect you and help your partner (because who wants to have to fight unsupportive biological family members or hospital staff if you have an accident and want your partner with you or need them to make important medical decisions for you).
Pro Tip: The different Australian states sometimes have different names for these estate planning documents, so just let us know which state you live in and we can help you out with this if you like.
4. Commit to learning a little more about your money matters, each month
We can all recognise that 'old ideas are never going to take us to new places', so in our ever-increasingly complex financial world, having your own professional guide who can help you navigate your way, is essential for success.
- Read our article about Financial Advice for Same-Sex Couples.
- If you haven't already, subscribe to our Sapience Financial Not-a-Newsletter.
- And if you've popped the question and heading down the officially married road (yay!) make sure you download your copy of our free downloadable eGuide, 7 Financial Decisions Same-Sex Newlyweds Need to Make
We can help you with every one of these important steps, so when you're ready to take action and act on your love, we'll be there for you.
Wherever you are and whoever you love, have a Fabulous Valentines Day!