No, you have to do estate planning in order to allow your spouse or partner to have that authority. Specifically, by designating your spouse or partner as agent under a General Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney, he or she can make decisions on your behalf regarding financial matters.
About Maria V. Primushko
As the founder of the law firm, attorney Maria focuses her practice on helping families with estate and legacy planning, as well as other legal matters such as Personal Injury and Bankruptcy Protection. Her goal and that of her team is to provide personalized support and guidance that creates peace of mind for all clients and families, no matter how big or small their estate is.