How to help a loved one manage their money

How to help a loved one manage their money

Things change as family members get older. Sometimes, we're called on to help a loved one manage their money.

I've been in that situation a couple of times and it's not easy, especially when you don't have any professional training as a money manager.

Here are four guidelines from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

1.    Act in the other person's best interest: As a fiduciary, you should not loan or give the person's money to yourself or others. You should also avoid any conflicts of interest.
    
2.    Manage their money and property carefully: This includes paying bills on time, protecting unspent funds, investing carefully and having a list of all money, properties and debts.

3.    Keep their money and property separate from yours:
That means no joint accounts.
 
4.    Maintain good records: As a fiduciary, you should keep a detailed list of the money received or spent on the other person's behalf.

Remember, as a fiduciary you're supposed to be honest and act in good faith. If you don't, you be sued or you might have to repay money.

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