Why it's important to update your will upon the death of a spouse


Your spouse or partner has just passed away. Coping with the loss of your loved one will be difficult. It is important that you allow yourself time to grieve.

As soon as you’re able, it is also vitally important to make sure that you take the death of your spouse into account in your estate planning. Let’s look at the various estate planning documents and some of the things that should be considered at this time.

Your will -

If you named your spouse or partner as estate trustee (formally known as an “executor”), you must name another. You may have named an alternate in the event that your spouse or partner died. If so, you need to consider finding an alternate estate trustee or estate trustees, depending on whether or not your alternate is still willing to act on your behalf at all. Also, your will may not have been revised for a considerable period of time, and you may feel quite different about your initial choice of estate trustee.

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