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Losing a loved one

The last thing anyone wants to prepare for is the loss of a loved one. But there are important decisions to make, and planning ahead can help make this time a little less stressful.
Keep in mind:
  • Gather important financial documents
  • Notify institutions responsible for payments and assets
  • Set a budget for the funeral, if it was not preplanned
  • Consider the executor
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No one is ever fully prepared for a death of a spouse, but there are steps you can take to be financially prepared to provide for yourself & your children as a widow.
Considerations related to settling the estate, particularly bills, taxes and other outstanding debts.
Understanding your rights and responsibilities can help make the process go more smoothly.
What to consider when your spouse dies without a will or trust to bequeath.
If you inherit investments
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1 You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit http://www.merrilledge.com/retirement/rollover-ira. or call a Merrill Edge rollover specialist at 888.637.3343 for additional information about your choices.