Similar to other types of wills, a joint will gives the property estate of one spouse to the other after their death. However, a joint will differs because it also includes what should happen to the assets after the surviving spouse dies. This is the main advantage of a joint will. If both spouses want a specific thing to take place after the death of the surviving spouse this gives them the ability to do so. Therefore, the surviving spouse cannot change the will after the death of the other spouse. However, its main disadvantage is that none of the assets are distributed until after the death of the second spouse.


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