In every marriage, there is one partner who is the "money nerd" - the person who takes care of the tax returns, the investments, and the insurance policies. The other spouse has probably relied on the "money nerd" for years, if not decades, to take care of all financial matters.
All married people absolutely must read this article in www.boomerandecho.com to find out what it's really like when the "money nerd" partner in the marriage passes away, leaving a spouse behind. The struggle to learn the family finances during such a difficult time can be overwhelming. Click here to read the article. Despite the somewhat gloomy subject matter and the ominous title, it's an entertaining read.