Estate planning attorneys will always emphasize the fact that estate planning is an ongoing process. Important life changes will often times make a revision to your estate plan necessary. Without question, remarriage would be such an event.
Deciding to remarry will result in the need to take steps to adjust your existing estate plan. One of these would be the updating of beneficiaries that you may have on insurance policies, securities, bank accounts, etc.
Another thing to take into consideration would be existing powers of attorney that you may have executed in the past. You are probably going to want to revoke these powers of attorney and execute new ones after you get remarried.
You may also want to consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. Each party may be bringing significant resources into the marriage, and such an agreement can protect the interests of both individuals.
While everyone has high hopes when they are getting married the fact is that the majority of second and third marriages do in fact end in divorce. So, entering into a prenuptial agreement may be the prudent course of action.
There is also the matter of making sure that your children are provided for after your passing. If you have children from a previous marriage and you simply allow your assets to become community assets after you get remarried there are no guarantees regarding what your surviving spouse may do after your passing.
These are a few things to take into consideration. The wise course of action is to sit down and discuss your unique situation in detail with a licensed and experienced Hartford estate planning lawyer.