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Prepare Your Spouse to Handle the Finances, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA


When a spouse passes away, having some difficulties is to be expected. With planning, those difficulties can be limited to emotions and not finances.

Upon losing a spouse one of the biggest problems people often face is understanding and handling family finances. This is a particularly acute issue for many older women who have left management of financial matters primarily up to their husbands.

It can also be a problem for older men, if their wives handled everything. However, women generally live longer than their husbands.

Regardless of which spouse predeceases, a lack of knowledge about the finances can cause increased emotional and financial stress at the most inopportune time, as the New York Times discusses in “Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t.

This is a mostly avoidable problem.

In most cases, the non-involved spouse just needs to be informed beforehand about how the family finances are arranged and managed. The spouse needs to be aware of insurance and retirement plans. They also need to know where to find the documentation for those plans.

Estate planning is particularly important, since it provides an opportunity for both spouses to discuss their finances with an attorney and to make arrangements for what should happen if the spouse who typically manages everything passes away. This also allows the other spouse a chance to reflect on whether he or she even wants to (or feels capable of) handling everything.

The surviving spouse may sometimes be more comfortable having someone else in charge of the finances through a trust or other legal entity.

Reference: New York Times (Jan. 13, 2017) “Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t.

 

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