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 Carolyn Thompson
Carolyn A. Thompson founded Thompson Law, Prof. L.L.C. in 2003 in order to create an estate and business planning law firm that helps pass on the legacy, values, and stewardship of its clients. Carolyn has sought out, developed, and trained attorneys dedicated to listening to a client’s life story, including their goals and concerns, and to creating a customized estate or business plan to address the individual circumstances of each client.