Women, Money & Divorce - How To Come Out On Top Monday 19 May 2008 PDF Print Getting divorced can be a scary, overwhelming and difficult experience and is high on the list of stressful and life changing events, but with the right support it is possible to emerge from this period stronger both emotionally and financially. WEALTH² is a new concept in financial mentoring created especially for women to help them with their money before, during and after the divorce process. It gives women the tools to take control of their money and provides an impartial, non-judgemental service, providing clear and concise advice. Money is often the last thing anyone wants to deal with during such an emotional and tumultuous period, yet it is essential to pay careful and close attention to the financial details of the potential divorce settlement. For many women it is often the first time in years they have had to deal with their finances on their own. Claire Brinn who runs WEALTH² gives her clients the practical skills to help them face the future with the confidence and the knowledge that they are capable of looking after their money and feel secure in their ability to look after themselves financially. In many cases the woman may have left the marital finances to their estranged husband and there may be complicated investment portfolios and pension arrangements to untangle and divide which can be difficult to understand. Claire Brinn also works alongside her client’s legal team providing clients with practical advice and looking at the short, medium and long-term implications when making crucial decisions about the financial settlement. Taking non-judgemental advice about money is very important and learning how to handle ones finances alone is a big step on the road to independence. It is usually better to side-step well-meaning family and friends who want to “help” and “advise” their female relatives with the financial aspects of divorce and take independent professional advice. “Starting a new life after divorce is a time of new beginnings. It is an opportunity to re-evaluate your hopes and dreams for the future. Taking control financially can be very empowering and helps re-build your self-esteem and confidence. One of the most important steps you can take is to understand how to make the money you have work for you at all stages of your life and how to plan for a prosperous future as a newly single woman”, says Brinn. Elaine, who worked with Claire throughout her divorce process, had no idea where she stood financially when her husband left her. She was worried about the future and despite having a fantastic legal team had no idea how to look after herself and her children financially. “It was a great relief to feel that there was someone there to offer completely impartial financial and support for me when I was going through my divorce. Claire has given me tools to look after my money and has worked with me to devise strategies that will make sure my money works for me. I feel empowered with what I have learned and I am now looking forward to planning my future and feel confident that I have the necessary skills to cope”, says Elaine. For further information please contact: Caroline Ratner, Caroline Ratner Communications, email@example.com 020 8209 0120 Ends Editor’s notes: WEALTH² is a new concept in financial services, created to enable women to better understand, control, consolidate and accumulate financial wealth. Claire Brinn set up WEALTH² after her husband died unexpectedly in 2005 and Claire found herself on the receiving end of the financial services industry. She had to negotiate with insurance companies set on protracted discussions and, sort through all of the family's financial paperwork, amidst dealing with the emotional aspects of suddenly losing her husband and becoming a single parent to two small children. From her experience she realised that there was no-one around to help women like her (or those getting divorced) to deal with their finances that wasn't trying to sell her anything and realised that women, at all stages of their lives, needed financial mentoring, advice and education, not just to be sold products they may or may not need. Claire Brinn has over 20 years experience in the Financial Services industry. Prior to creating WEALTH², she held senior managerial positions in multi-national finance companies before successfully co-founding a financial management consultancy that within five years generated a turnover in excess of £1.5m per year. Claire has a 1st Class Honours Business Studies Degree and a Masters in Business Administration. She is a qualified financial adviser (certPFS) and keeps these qualifications up-to-date despite her choice not to practice or sell financial products. She is also a qualified coach, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a Member of the Institute of Directors. W: www.wealthsquared.co.uk T: 07785 266721 or 0121 445 0856 E: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Caroline Ratner Communications in the following categories: Women's Interest & Beauty, Personal Finance, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.