While getting divorced can be an emotionally draining time with an endless list of to-dos, it is our job as lawyers to guide our clients through these turbulent times and help them address anything that may positively or negatively impact them now or in the future. Sometimes, that means handling matters you might not think are connected. A perfect example is changing your will.
Most people do not think about their will during a divorce. But if you have one and do not change it, you will likely leave everything to your soon-to-be former spouse or have your former spouse make decisions for you after you die. Updating or changing your will now ensures your new wishes are carried out if something happens to you.
What Is a Will?
Estate planning can look and feel like a double-edged sword for a lot of people. On the one hand, they know getting a plan in place sooner rather than later is one of the most important things they can do. On the other hand, talking about death is a touchy subject, and when you add in the confusion and uncertainty over how to proceed, it can all be overwhelming. None of us knows when we will pass away or be placed in a position where we cannot make important decisions for ourselves.
Estate planning allows us to let our loved ones know what our wishes are in these situations.
The purpose of a last will and testament is to allow a person to detail in writing how they wish to have their assets distributed upon their death. A well thought out estate plan substantially reduces the likelihood that your family and friends will end up in an unnecessary and complex legal process.
Just a few additional benefits include:
- Specifying funeral wishes
- Appointing guardians for minor children
- Name and executor
- Eliminate disputes and conflict among family members
Having your divorce attorney bring up the topic of your will is probably the last thing you would expect. But in our mind, we see it as a disservice not to address this vitally important issue with our clients. The good news is that changing your will or establishing a new will can be done at any time. You should also consider executing a medical power of attorney to give someone else the legal right to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of your medical incapacity — rather than the spouse who is divorcing you.
Call Nelson Law Group today!!
When it comes to protecting your family’s future for years down the road, it is imperative to have an estate planning attorney in your corner at all times. Give our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC, a call if you have any questions. Our staff is always available.
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