Building Your Financial Legacy: A Woman's Guide to Long-Term Wealth

Lauren Smith |

In the intricate tapestry of financial planning, the concept of a financial legacy stands as a testament to our ability to shape not only our own destinies but those of generations to come. For women, this journey of building a robust financial legacy is a profound and empowering endeavor. In this article, I share more about the concept of financial legacy, why women should prioritize its creation and how to set meaningful financial goals for a better financial future.

What Is A Financial Legacy?
A financial legacy refers to the assets, wealth and financial impact that an individual leaves behind for their heirs, beneficiaries or society after their passing. It encompasses the monetary and tangible assets, as well as the financial values and principles that shape how wealth is managed and distributed.

But really, a financial legacy is more than a sum of assets; it is a carefully crafted narrative that extends beyond our lifetimes. It encompasses the values, wisdom and prosperity we pass on to our loved ones and communities. This concept prompts us to think beyond immediate financial needs, encouraging a broader perspective that considers the impact of our financial decisions on future generations – your children, your children’s children, etc.

Understanding and embracing the notion of a financial legacy can provide a compass, guiding women through the complexities of financial planning. It's about laying the groundwork for a future where financial stability coexists with personal fulfillment and the well-being of those you care about.

Why Women Should Prioritize Creating a Financial Legacy
For women, prioritizing the creation of a financial legacy is an empowering decision that goes beyond mere monetary considerations. Here's why:

  • Empowerment Through Knowledge: By actively participating in financial planning and legacy building, women empower themselves with knowledge and confidence. This empowerment serves as a beacon, guiding them through life's twists and turns.
  • Breaking Stereotypes: Creating a financial legacy challenges traditional gender roles and stereotypes. It positions women as architects of their financial destinies, capable of making informed decisions that transcend societal expectations.
  • Ensuring Generational Prosperity: A well-crafted financial legacy ensures generational prosperity. By setting the stage for future financial success, women contribute to the well-being and opportunities of their children, grandchildren, and beyond.

Setting Personal and Family Financial Goals for the Future
The foundation of any financial legacy is a thoughtful consideration of personal and family financial goals. Take the time to reflect on your aspirations and the legacy you want to leave. Here are key steps to guide you:

  • Clarify Your Values: Your financial legacy should align with your values. What causes are dear to your heart? How do you envision contributing to your community or family? How do you want to be remembered? Clarifying your values lays the groundwork for impactful financial decisions.
  • Define Short and Long-Term Goals: Establish both short and long-term financial goals. Short-term goals may include immediate financial stability, while long-term goals could involve homeownership, education funding, or philanthropy. Each goal contributes to the narrative of your financial legacy.
  • Collaborate with a Trusted Advisor: Collaborate with a trusted Financial Advisor or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) who can help translate your goals into a comprehensive financial plan. This collaboration ensures that your financial legacy reflects your unique vision and aspirations.

Building a financial legacy is an empowering journey for women at every stage of life. Let's embrace the opportunity to create a legacy that transcends generations—one that reflects our values, empowers our loved ones and leaves an indelible mark on the world.


Please Note: Any opinions are those of Lauren Smith and not necessarily those of Raymond James. The information contained in this blog does not purport to be a complete description of the securities, markets, or developments referred to in this material. Expressions of opinion are as of this date and are subject to change without notice. Every investor's situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.