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Will divorce impact your estate plan?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Estate Planning

Once you have made an estate plan, it is important to come back to it and review the plan periodically. You want to ensure that it still works with your current life conditions. In some cases, you may review it and find that everything is perfect. In other cases, you may discover that it is time to do an update.

One of the times when you should review your estate plan is if you get divorced. It could have a major impact on what you want to do with your assets.

Removing your spouse

First and foremost, you may have put your spouse in your estate plan. Maybe you named them in certain documents regarding your healthcare decisions or the distribution of your assets, and you want to take them out. If you get remarried, then you may want to add your new spouse to the plan.

Dividing marital assets

Another thing to remember is that divorce means you and your spouse have to split up your marital assets. This can significantly change what you own and what you can pass onto the next generation. So even if your spouse was not in your estate plan directly, it may be time to review it for the other beneficiaries.

Blended families

Finally, divorce often leads to remarriage and the creation of blended families with beneficiaries or children from multiple relationships. This can create a very complex estate planning situation. It is certainly important to review your plan and update it to reflect this change.

An accurate plan is quite important for your family, ensuring everything goes smoothly. Be sure you know what steps to take to create one.