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Should Married Couples Have a Joint Last Will and Testament or Individual? Part One

Estate planning in Raleigh NC can be difficult and confusing when creating documents on your own. Working with a lawyer can help eliminate the struggles, but there are still questions you might have upfront that you’d like to get out of the way before meeting with a lawyer.
One of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not a married couple should share a last will and testament or create separate documents. Should the will cover both parties together or each individually?

Estate Planning in Raleigh NC for Married Couples

While there are unique situations that lead to personal requirements, not all will documents have to be customized to fit individual needs. In general, most married couples want the same things when leaving their joint property to surviving loved ones. Therefore, they’ll be able to have a joint last will and testament.
First off, most couples choose to leave their estate to the surviving spouse. In the event that this spouse passes at the same time (or when they ultimately pass on, after inheriting the estate) everything is left to their children.
In the next blog post, coming up, we are going to talk further about estate planning in Raleigh NC and joint or individual wills for married couples so that you get a better understanding of the two. Then, you can make the best decision based upon your preference and situation. Be sure to visit back with us soon.
If you don’t have an estate plan in place, or haven’t reviewed yours in several years, now might be the best time to start. Our attorney is here to help you with estate planning in Raleigh NC. Those hoping to get started planning can contact our office to set up an appointment. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact us to get started estate planning today.
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about any legal issues you might find yourself in. It's never too early to make plans for your wishes upon death. We are here to help you with all your legal matters, whether it be estate planning, small business, elder law, trademarking, copyrighting, or DWI issues.
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