Carol Plaisier

Keeping Wills Current

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I’m an Oceanside investment and insurance advisor with over 30 years of financial service experience. I specialize in helping women through periods of transition: divorce, losing a spouse, preparing for retirement and women who steward the family finances. I believe the more you understand about the investments or insurance that you own, the better you will be able to sleep at night without worrying you will end up a ‘bag lady’ on the streets. Many of my female clients have questions regarding various aspects of their financial security and you may have some of the same questions and interest.

Many things have changed since the ‘good old days’ but, unfortunately, some things haven’t. My Dad died overnight at age 57 from a massive heart attack; to say it was unexpected is an understatement. We were terribly unprepared, both emotionally and estate wise. My Dad had a will, but it needed updating, and everything was in my Dad’s name. The estate took almost a year and a half to settle, and, in the meantime, my Mom had never written a cheque or paid a bill in her life. I talk to many women and couples – it still surprises me how often wills are not done or updated, or, the woman has little to do with the investments. Women may handle the everyday banking account and paying bills, but quite often, nothing beyond that. There could be a number of reasons for this disjoint – they may not be interested, they may trust their spouse’s ability to handle everything, or their spouse wants to be in control. Whatever the reason, it is prudent for you to take an interest, after all, it is a partnership. Open and honest discussions about money can bring couples closer by talking about goals, savings and retirement dreams. If the partner that controls the investments is no longer there due to divorce, death or illness, the survivor is left to sort out all that is left. Vice versa holds true, if the woman is in charge, it is sensible to involve her partner in financial dealings, especially if she is managing the household savings and investments. Many articles have been written about women and investing – how woman have different ideas and risk tolerance and may not be interested in the ups and downs of the markets, but really, the fundamentals are the same for both men and women. Know what is going on, meet with your advisor together, and beyond that, take as much interest as you like.        

Please contact me if you have any questions or with a topic you would like addressed in a future article.

For further information, Carol Plaisier, CFP®, Investment Advisor with HollisWealth, a division of Scotia Capital Inc. & Insurance Advisor with HollisWealth Insurance Agency Ltd. can be reached at the HollisWealth office in Parksville (250) 248-2399, or by email:



Carol Plaisier ThumbnailCarol Plaisier, CFP®, FMA, AMP | Investment and Insurance Advisor
HollisWealth | a division of Scotia Capital Inc. |  HollisWealth Insurance Agency Ltd.
174 Morison Ave., P.O. Box 1391, Parksville, BC  
T 250.248.2399   F 250.248.2998

This article was prepared solely by Carol Plaisier who is a registered representative of HollisWealth® (a division of Scotia Capital Inc., a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada). Brokerage services provided by HollisWealth are provided through Scotia Capital Inc. Insurance products provided by HollisWealth Insurance Agency Ltd. The views and opinions, including any recommendations, expressed in this article are those of Carol Plaisier alone and not those of HollisWealth.® Registered Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under license.

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