About Professionals Affairs Alimony Bankruptcy Children Child Relocation Collaborative Law Child Support Contemplating Divorce Divorce & Pets Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Myths Divorce Negotiation Divorce Process Divorce Statistics Estate Planning Financial Planning Divorce Humor Friendly Divorce Grandparent Rights Insurance Lawyer Relationship Military Divorce Men's Rights Name Change Parental Alienation Parenting Paternity Pensions Recovery Surviving Divorce Same-Sex Taxes Women's Rights
Estate Planning and Divorce
Married individuals who are considering divorce should review their estate plans to determine if they remain appropriate in light of the possible divorce. Remember that the law considers you to be legally married until the judge signs the final dissolution decree ending the marriage. In the event you were to die or become disabled prior to the legal termination of your marriage, your estranged spouse may have legal control over you and your estate, and may be entitled to most, if not all, of your estate. However, through properly drafted estate planning documents, you can provide that someone other than your spouse will have control over you (in the event of your incapacity) or your estate (in the event of your death), and you can limit your estranged spouse's rights as a beneficiary of your estate.
The following estate planning articles are designed to highlight some of the major estate planning issues facing you at this time, but it is not a list of all estate planning issues you should consider. Because of the very technical nature of the issues that can arise when considering your estate plan while a divorce is pending, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney to give you specific guidance on your particular situation.
What you need to know:
Resources & Tools
LIVING WILL – A living will – sometimes called a medical power of attorney – is part of comprehensive estate planning. A living will permits a person to control how he or she wishes to be treated in the event of an incapacitating illness or accident. Normally, spouses make living wills that give each other medical power of attorney.
Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Fair Share Divorce for Women
Life Insurance and Divorce
|Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation & Support
Cover Price: $
Your Price: $17.95
You Save: $7.00
"A Plain English Guide to Protecting Your Children"
Author: Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law
|The information contained on this page is not to be considered legal advice. This website is not a substitute for a lawyer and a lawyer should always be consulted in regards to any legal matters. Divorce Source, Inc. is also not a referral service and does not endorse or recommend any third party individuals, companies, and/or services. Divorce Source, Inc. has made no judgment as to the qualifications, expertise or credentials of any participating professionals. Read our Terms & Conditions.|