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Estate planning for second marriages

If you have been divorced or widowed before in California and have met a new partner that you plan to get married to, you should pay special attention to your estate plan. Remarried couples may have very unique needs and situations to address when they make their long-term estate plans, especially if either or both partners has children from prior marriages or relationships.

As explained by Forbes, one of the things you should not only discuss openly with your new spouse or future spouse but also document in a will or trust is what assets should remain within family lines. If your wishes or the wishes of your partner are not clearly detailed in an estate plan, it may end up that each of you inherits things that the other person's children expected to receive. This may end up initiating conflicts that could be avoided by some pre-planning.

In a second marriage, both spouses commonly bring more assets and possibly more debts to the marriage than in a first marriage. For this reason, you should carefully identify what will remain separate property or be comingled. Pay special attention to how you would like to provide care for each other after one of you dies relative to what you want to leave for your children.

If you would like to learn more about some of the things you should address in your estate planning if you are getting remarried, please feel free to visit the remarried planning page of our California estate planning website.

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