I’m Married, Why Do I Need an Estate Plan?

Becky Cholewka:

There is a lot confusion with estate planning because some people just don’t understand what the myths are versus what actually happens under the law. One of the things we hear all the time is, “You know, I don’t need to get any document in place because I’m married, and everything will just automatically go to my spouse.”

That is absolutely not true. It really depends on how assets are titled, if you have a will, if you don’t have a will. There are some very surprising circumstances if you are in a blended family, meaning if you have children from a relationship that is not between you and your current spouse.

Make sure that you are protecting yourself and make sure you’re talking to a qualified attorney who does estate planning for a living, who can help guide you in these areas and tell you what types of documents you really do need to have to protect your loved ones.

If you would like a trusted attorney to walk you through creating an estate plan that meets your goals to protect your family, call 480-497-3770 to schedule a consultation.

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