If my spouse dies do I always need to make a new will?

The answer is no but you still may want to for other reasons. Many times when we prepare simple wills we provide where assets will go if our spouse does not survive. We also name a backup executor if our spouse is not alive. If you are happy with all of your original choices you do not need to update your will simply because of their death. If you have decided you want to modify what you are doing for beneficiaries, that you want a different person to act as executor or assets have changed such you to consider tax planning because time, law changes and asset levels make looking at this important then do so by all means.

William Wombacher, your Central Illinois Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Social Security Disability Specialist. I’ll help you!
Call me at 309-674-8125, visit at www.wombacherlaw.com

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