12 January 2012 0 Comments

Divorce and estate planning

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Clients have asked after divorce if they should revise the estate planning they had while married.  The answer is, “yes”.

You are now entering a new chapter in your life and it does not include your ex-spouse or the plans you made while you were married to him or her.  It is time to create a new plan for your future and for those of your children. 

By creating a new estate plan, you will make sure that your ex-spouse can no longer control any funds you leave to your children.  It would be wise to name your parents or a trusted friend as the trustee for your children.  In addition, naming a guardian for your minor children is the smart thing to do in the event you should die and your ex-spouse survives you.  Finally, create an Advance Health Care Directive that allows you to detail your wishes regarding your health care in case you become incapacitated. 

If you are overwhelmed and do not know where to begin, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who will provide you with superior service and sound legal advice in this new chapter of your life.

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