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jrr is correct. Your marital status on Dec 31 controls your filing status for the year. In your case, your choices are married filing joint and married filing separate. With both of your working and making significant wages, the only way to tell which is better is to prepare your return both ways and see how things work out. And as jrr mentioned, check your state taxes as well.

On the estate tax issues, you've got some complications that (to steal a phrase from Phil) are out of my pay grade. You'll need to consult with an estate attorney who is familiar with the US taxation of non-citizens. My guess is that a competent person with the appropriate skills is not going to be cheap.

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