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3 tips to protect your inheritance

If you are left with a significant inheritance, you may not be sure how to best protect it. Whether the inheritance is money, stocks or other assets, your inheritance is valuable and has to be protected.

If you have questions about how to best use your inheritance, there are a few things you should consider, like having a cooling-off period or investing to earn more with the funds you've received. Here are a few tips.

1. Start with a cooling-off period

The first thing to do is to set aside the idea of spending anything you've received, at least for a short period of time. Many people get in trouble by spending their inheritances before considering their options. Talk to your attorney first, so you can better protect this windfall.

2. Develop a financial plan

Another good thing to do is to develop a plan for spending. Perhaps you want to buy a house and a vehicle; sit down and weigh your options before deciding how much you can spend at once and how to best earn a return on your expenditures.

3. Consider financing a high-yield savings account

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your inheritance is to have a high-yield savings account hold the funds. If you have enough invested, it might even be possible to live off the yearly interest you receive.

These are a few tips for protecting your inheritance. Take it slow, and make sure you understand what you're doing when you spend your financial windfall. The right decisions could help support you for life.

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