Case Study 3 - Am I Being Taken For A Ride?

Background

  • Mr R approached us feeling particularly down as a jointly instructed equality of income calculation had not provided the results he wanted.

Concerns

  • He felt that this was a particularly bad deal for him.
  • The pension share would mean he would lose approximately £100,000 of his pensions.
  • This meant that from an initial ownership split of 70:30 during the marriage he would end up with only 30% and his ex wife would receive 70%.

What We Did

  • We reviewed the pension sharing report with our actuarial expert and spotted that the IFA involved had taken a number of short cuts:
  • The second state pensions had not been valued at all.
  • No attempt had been made to independently value the pensions.
  • An assumption was being made that annuity rates would stay the same.

The Results

  • Based on the figures provided we estimated that £120,000 and hers at £16,000.
  • Therefore, the overall pot was being undervalued by approximately £136,000.
  • By extrapolating the figures it became clear that the actual deal on the table was more like 52% to his ex wife.
  • Our client was able to relax knowing that the deal was not as bad as he first feared.

What Our Clients Say...

I only wish I had contacted him sooner...
I am extremely happy with the advice and information Phil has given me, he was very quick to reply to me and has reduced my stress levels massively. I only wish I had contacted him sooner. Thanks for all your help.
Victoria Holmes - Sudbury, Suffolk

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