Originally posted on Trustsandestates.com
Attempting to address all the planning concerns of married couples can be difficult, but there are added complexities, considerations and risks when the parties have been previously married or have children from another
relationship. Understanding issues that can arise may be of particular import when assessing one’s ethical duties in the context of estate planning and representation of a surviving spouse in the administrative phase. This isn’t a theoretical issue when blended family units are now viewed as the norm. The majority of family units have been
classified as “blended,” and 65% of remarriages involve children from a prior marriage on at least one side, creating a blended family.
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