It can be life-changing when your spouse dies. There are usually many details that are required to settle a deceased spouse’s estate, from sharing the sad news of their spouse’s passing, making arrangements for the funeral and assessing finances. When your spouse dies, you may need to change your lifestyle due to less money coming in every month. In some situations, it may be necessary to file a spousal property petition to transfer assets that were only in the decedent’s name. This article reviews essential concerns and legal matters to consider when your spouse dies.