The ways property passes after you die

At death, your property essentially will pass one of three ways: by title, by beneficiary designation or by your will.

Joint property passes by title, meaning that it overrides your will. A surviving spouse can do whatever they want with the previously jointly owned property during life and ultimately leave it to anyone they wish at death, regardless of your desires. This can be a significant issue in second marriages.

From physiciansnews.com.

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