These are the basic legal issues that arise when someone loses a partner

These are the basic legal issues that arise when someone loses a partner

| Written by Andrew Grant | Many things happen all at once when the first of a married couple dies, and the survivor is left to deal with matters that may be unfamiliar and intimidating. Among the most intimidating issues the surviving spouse faces are the legal issues; how to transfer the house, what to do about taxes, or whether a probate proceeding is needed. This article will attempt to offer some basic guidance on these matters. After making the necessary arrangements for saying goodbye to the deceased, the next step is to put the surviving spouse into position to carry on with his or her life. This usually involves moving assets to the surviving spouse’s sole name. Many assets, like jointly-held accounts or those that are payable-on-death (retirement accounts, insurance, or bank accounts), can transfer with a copy of the death certificate. The DMV will also usually transfer title to a vehicle that way. Transferring title to real property, however, can...
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