My fellow mustachians,
My mother and her partner just recently settled a lawsuit against his former employer for $125,000. After the lawyer took his generous cut of $45k they're left with $80k. Is a windfall like this taxed as if it were normal income (it was backpay afterall) or at 30% as a short-term gain?
The next question is what to do with it. They're already buying a new vehicle (which they probably did need), but at least I was able to convince them they did not need a brand new 2013 Toyota Tundra. Instead they ended up with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma for $6k less (I'll take that as a win). And they do have a few thousand on a HELOC to pay off. My mom is in her early 50s but he's a little older at 62 with low risk tolerance and limited savings, including no real emergency fund. I've recommended doing a 12 or 24 month CD ladder with them or possibly a bond fund, but mainly I believe they need something with very low risk --- but obviously more than the .05% in a standard savings account.
Any other thoughts?