DISCUSSING ESTATE PLANNING WITH YOUR SPOUSE
June 10, 2020
When it comes to the estate planning process, there are a wide variety of factors to take into consideration. For example, people need to determine which type of estate plan makes the most financial sense, review relevant tax matters and think about beneficiaries. Moreover, people need to decide who to place in charge of their estate plan. Often, one’s spouse plays an important role in multiple aspects of their estate plan and it is crucial to discuss these issues with your marital partner.
Discussing your estate plan with your spouse is advantageous and we will examine some of the benefits of communication in this post.
Support and understanding
By talking to your spouse about your estate plan, they will have a better idea of what to expect down the road. For example, many people name their spouse as an executor and beneficiary and it is very helpful when one’s marital partner has a clear understanding of their responsibilities. Talking to a partner often provides more clarity and helps eliminate confusion. Moreover, when tough decisions are on the table, such as the way in which one wants to divide assets among children, one’s spouse is often able to help ensure that the best course of action is taken.
In some instances, one’s marital partner does not agree with their decisions. From naming beneficiaries to appointing an executor and setting up a certain type of estate plan, there are various estate planning issues that couples view differently, and talking is often helpful. Review our website to examine the estate planning process in more detail.