Tag: Spouses’ Rights

You’re Getting Married – Now What?

Are you changing your name? Don’t think we’re only talking about the wife – some states allow men to adopt their wife’s last name, and some states permit civil union partners to change their names. Federal agencies generally don’t recognize name changes for men after marriage which means the man would need to go through… Read More

What Does a Surviving Spouse Inherit?

The question of what a surviving spouse inherits from a deceased spouse is a complicated one. The answer is the typical lawyer’s response, “It depends.” Some scenarios can help to illustrate the issues. To keep the examples simple, I am going to assume that the husband dies before the wife – forgive me, all you… Read More

The Tax Ramifications of Getting Married

So you’re getting married? Did you invite the IRS to the wedding? On the list of things to do from hiring the hall, choosing the caterer, and mailing the invitations, don’t forget a visit to your tax advisor. The first thing you will learn about is the marriage penalty. The marriage penalty is a holdover… Read More