Second marriages bring additional estate planning considerations, especially when children from past relationships are involved. Here are some suggestions for addressing a blended family in estate planning:

  • If you are not married yet, write a prenuptual agreement, which specifies who owns which asset, the support arrangement in case of future separation, and asset distribution in case of death.  
  • If you are already married, communicate with the your new-spouse and any adult children regarding your current financial situation, and desires for distribution of those assets.
  • Set up a trust to make sure that the surviving spouse will be provided for.
  • Set up a trust to make sure that the children of each spouse get their assets.
  • Update power of attorney and advance health care directives.
  • Update any forms with beneficiary designations.
  • Prepare and share a list of personal and work contacts with your new spouse.

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Disclaimer: This article only offers general information.  Each situation is unique. It is always helpful to talk to a specialized attorney, to figure out your various options and ramifications of actions.  As every case has subtle differences, please do not use this article for legal advice. Only a signed engagement letter will create an attorney-client relationship.