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What my divorce taught me about work as a financial advisor

By Lance Hiesinger 27 February 2024 2 min read

Navigating the tumultuous waters of divorce is a challenging journey. Success requires not only financial acumen but also a deep well of empathy. As a seasoned financial advisor, I know that bringing all of my life experience to work can make a real difference for my clients. 

I know this because I’ve been through my own divorce. I’ve ridden the rollercoaster of emotions and weathered the sleepless nights. The stress and anxiety that accompany divorce are not just theoretical concepts to me.  They are echoes of my own past. I have walked the path, faced the conflicts, and emerged on the other side with a deeper understanding of it.

My personal journey through divorce helped me see that divorce planning is about more than the technicalities of financial planning. I have witnessed firsthand the emotional toll it takes on individuals, families, and relationships. That insight is the foundation upon which I build my professional approach—rooted in empathy, understanding, and a commitment to guiding my clients with compassion.

My divorce also gave me a deeper understanding of divorce’s profound impact on one’s personal finances. I've dedicated myself to acquiring diverse qualifications, blending financial expertise with specialized designations in divorce planning. This training empowers me to offer more than just financial advice. It lets me share with my clients a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dance of assets, liabilities, and the post-divorce financial landscape.

When working with clients in the middle of divorces, I use my financial planning background to offer insights that extend beyond the short-term concerns. By drawing on my own experiences and those gleaned from my career, I create a safe space for clients to express their fears, hopes, and aspirations. I aim to create collaborative and supportive relationships that transcend the traditional client-advisor dynamic. Divorce is about more than money. So are the relationships I want to create with my clients.

On the technical side, my qualifications give me a nuanced understanding of the financial intricacies involved in divorce settlements. I employ my expertise to guide clients through the labyrinth of asset division, providing clarity on what a fair and equitable resolution might look like. My financial planning skills, honed over years of professional practice, help me assist clients in charting courses for their financial futures post-divorce.

My divorce was a crucible that shaped both my personal and professional identity. My commitment to helping clients navigate the emotional and financial challenges of divorce is grounded in a genuine understanding of their journeys. Combining empathy with financial planning and divorce-related qualifications means I can offer a unique perspective to my clients as they face one of life’s most challenging transitions. Let's connect to discuss your situation and respond to questions you may have.

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