"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
ABOUT ELLEN WANAMAKER
I help divorcing women get their financial lives in order so they can relax. They gain confidence knowing what they put into place is cost effective and still accommodates their lifestyle. We get them set up with most of the pieces of their financial puzzle on autopilot, and they feel empowered knowing they will be able to make smart decisions in the future.
My services are strictly personalized and I will be with you every step of the way. You're not just a file in my desk. My past clients will tell you that I take the extra steps to be sure you're secure.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU
I have been blessed over the years to have had the education and experience to understand the mechanics and details of most of the major financial issues for women that affect divorce.
It has become my mission to share as much as I can with as many women as I can, who have not been as lucky. No need for you to feel lost, concerned, or worried.
I can help guide you through your divorce and whatever else you need.
ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES DESCRIBES ME
Joan Chachere Norton,
Parenting Expert and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children of Travis County Texas says of Ellen Wanamaker:
“Women getting divorced want a detail-oriented person on their team. They also need someone who can see the big picture.
Ellen’s clients are lucky to have that - the best of both worlds. It makes them feel safe knowing they are in good hands.”
HOW I GOT STARTED
I finished college as a dental hygienist, married a dental student, and was suddenly earning money and paying rent, our auto and health insurance and for food and other general expenses. A few years later my husband and I purchased a dental practice and I was thrust into more financial stuff. I had to learn in the trenches, and without any help!
Fast forward... I had to learn to do our business tax returns, studied and got licensed and started my own tax practice. Not letting grass grow under my feet, I next got licensed to sell investments (mutual funds), and the following year, life and health insurance licenses, which expanded my financial practice considerably. Three years later my divorce started and finally ended 4 years after that.
My divorce attorney told me I should go into the divorce field since I had prepared all my own documents and did all my own divorce financials for him. That was good advice and I did that in various capacities for close to 15 years. I started as a divorce paralegal, then mediator and finally Divorce Financial Specialist.
A Divorce Financial Specialist is a big change from my chosen profession of dental hygiene. But after my divorce I felt drawn toward this new field. I had been through so much, and knew that I could use all the communication and financial strategies that I had developed during my own divorce to help so many women. I didn't need to make a choice, it was a natural progression into the next chapter of my life. I have been helping people throughout my professional career with so many life events, this really wasn't so different.
FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
~ Aside from being a Divorce Financial Specialist, my job is inline speed skating.
~ The amount of random baseball knowledge I have would scare you.
~ To this day I'm convinced my music theory classes made me a detail diva.
~ I have been told that my sweet tooth would terrify the Hershey family.
~ I grew up in a family of teachers and small business owners...
...I never recovered from that mindset.
Learn more about me by reviewing my Professional Credentials Page.