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A Guide to Last Will and Testament Rules for Married Couples

Dec 22, 2022
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Having a last will and testament is an important part of being married. It helps couples to plan ahead for the future, regardless of what happens. That being said, creating a last will and testament can be complicated and it’s important to understand the rules before you make one. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the most important rules that married couples should know when making their last will and testament.


Spousal Rights

Another important rule that married couples should be aware of is spousal rights. This means that in most states, if you die without a will, then your spouse has certain rights over your estate—this includes inheriting property or assets from the deceased person’s estate. In some cases, these rights supersede any wishes stated in the will, so it’s important to make sure you understand what your state’s spousal rights are before making a last will and testament.



When making a last will and testament, it’s important to list all of your beneficiaries—these are people who you want to benefit from your estate after death (such as family members or charities). It’s also important to designate an executor—this is someone who will oversee the distribution of assets according to the terms of the will. The executor should be someone trustworthy who understands the legal system well enough to carry out your wishes in accordance with the law.

Making a last will and testament can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be! By understanding the rules surrounding wills, married couples can create a document that protects them both now and in the future no matter what happens. Knowing which state laws apply, understanding spousal rights, listing beneficiaries and designating an executor are all key steps towards protecting yourself and those closest with you when creating a last will and testament. With this guide as a starting point, creating a legally binding document that meets all of your needs shouldn’t be too