Articles Tagged with Surviving Spouse

beach-wedding-1934732_640-300x216“With the trend toward increased remarriages later in life, one spouse may prefer living in their own home of many years with the new spouse.”

One of the goals in estate planning when one spouse moves into the home of another spouse, is to ensure that if the owner spouse dies first, the new spouse will be permitted to remain in the home, while preserving the value of the home for the owner spouse’s children. It’s not always an easy situation to resolve, according to an article in the Times Herald-Record, titled “How to preserve your home’s value when remarrying,” but with good planning and an estate plan, it can be done. Continue reading

old-people-couple-together-connected-300x198“If you’re part of a married couple, it’s highly likely that one of you will become a widow or widower at some point. Married couples can ‘show each other the love’ by planning for this inevitability.”

If it’s any comfort, there are now some 20 million widows and widowers in America, according to a study from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave that focuses on widowhood, as reported by CBS News’ Moneywatch in “A retirement planning must-do for married couples.” The study, “Widowhood: The Loss Couples Rarely Plan for—and Should” takes a detailed look at what happens, when the first spouse dies. Continue reading

old-people-couple-together-connected-300x198Losing a spouse at any time in life is difficult. However, losing a spouse while you are retired also presents some serious financial challenges. A recent article in Kiplinger, “Maximize Social Security benefits for surviving spouses,” explores the steps that a surviving spouse can take to make sure she is are receiving the most Social Security benefits possible. There’s a right way and several wrong ways to do this.

If you are widowed before claiming Social Security benefits, there are options to maximize Social Security payments by coordinating the timing of claims and survivor benefits. Continue reading