The desire to put an end to one's marriage can happen at any age. When a relationship has run its course, it makes sense to walk away even if doing so may cause some hardships for one or both parties. For instance, an article was recently published that talked about the strong impact gray divorce has on a person's finances. While this article should not persuade Washington residents who are considering marital dissolution to stay in bad marriages, it is useful information to know and may even help one when negotiating settlement terms.
Some things in life are easy to keep putting off. They may not seem essential, or they may be things that you want to avoid doing. Estate planning is one of those things that most adults in Washington, and the United States in general, put off until it is too late. When it comes to matters of probate, it is best not to put off what can be done today to protect oneself, one's assets and one's family. Why does having an estate plan matter?
It may have seemed perfectly logical to you when your new spouse suggested that you keep your individual bank accounts. Perhaps you added a joint account for paying bills or you divided the bills between you. Perhaps you never had an account of your own but trusted your spouse to take care of the finances.