Case Study 7 - The Separating Couple

Background

  • Mr & Mrs C were both aged 61, in good health, with three grown up children. Mr C had a British Petroleum pension in payment of £18,000 per annum with provision to Mrs C on death of £15,000 per annum (83%).

Concerns

  • How to provide an adequate split of pension assets which was fair to both sides.
  • No shadow membership available.
  • CETV – poor value to both sides.

What We Did

  • Requested an actuarial report which stated that the share needed to be 63%:37% in Mrs C’s favour to equalise gross pension in payment of £7,000 each.
  • We advised on the clients on their options including the costs of implementing a pension sharing order and the consequences of this approach.

The Results

  • Clients decided not divorce but legally separated.
  • Mr C retained his higher pension.
  • Mrs C retained her 83% benefit on Mr C’s demise.
  • Both would have been short changed by a sharing order.
  • Novel and innovative solution.

What Our Clients Say...

His attention to detail was impressive...
“Phil has shown much patience and knowledge in helping me plan for my future after divorce, being so close to retirement. Despite unusual circumstances of distance, he rose to the occasion leaving no stone unturned with regard to either his professional responsibilities or my future needs. His attention to detail was impressive, always maintaining regular contact. He approached weighty matters with gentle humour when needed to offset my initial nervousness in decision making.

I was given as much time as I needed to read the paperwork involved and ask questions. I was stunned when I was advised by him to apply for the State Pension, an area in which I had no knowledge at all and Phil showed his true value with his directness and I found in conclusion that the system is not so hard for the lay person if one trusts the person giving the advice.
I waited until I was back in the UK before I submitted my decree absolute to the Department of Work & Pensions and they had already given me a basic pension. I logged on to my current account and they had given me a lump sum back payment now that they are using my ex’s contributions that was a wonderful surprise as you may imagine! It has almost quadrupled the original sum they were paying each month”
Mrs Cole - Hampshire

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