Losing a spouse can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. While it's possible to organize financial documents ahead of time, there's no way to truly prepare for the death of a spouse. Unfortunately, during the grieving process surviving spouses also need to navigate the complex financial issues that arise after the death of their partner. Here's a financial planning checklist for surviving spouses.
What to do After the Death of a Spouse
Let's face it, there's a lot to do after the passing of a spouse. But not everything needs to get done today. In addition to making funeral arrangements and notifying family and friends, another priority is alerting your estate planning attorney and financial advisor.