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Reviewing estate planning goals after a divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Going through a divorce may rarely be easy, and it can be difficult to know what types of changes such a situation might bring to your life. The outcome of your divorce may inherently impact your wishes and goals for the future, and taking steps to help ensure your plans reflect your preferences could prove imperative.

One example of a step to take when facing such a change in life could involve reviewing your estate planning goals and making the necessary modifications. There may be various types of changes to consider following a divorce, and being thorough with this process might be integral to preserving your future in Texas.

Updating estate planning information

Divorce is just one type of change in life that might prompt a need to review and update your estate plan. Some examples of topics to cover following a similar life change could include:

  • Updating beneficiaries: A divorce could prompt a change in preferences for those you wish to list as beneficiaries on your estate plan and financial accounts. Updating this information could be vital to preserving your interests.
  • Wills and trusts: Reviewing and updating information on documents such as wills and trusts can also be integral. However, some types of trusts might not be modifiable.
  • Powers of attorney: You may also find it helpful to review information on powers of attorney documents, as the individual or individuals listed on these documents might no longer match your wishes.
  • Insurance policies: Addressing the topic of life insurance and reviewing your available options in this regard can also be essential to ensuring your estate plan aligns with your new goals.

Knowing when you can make changes to your estate plan can also be essential to staving off costly errors, as making certain changes before you finalize your divorce could prove detrimental.

Approaching the process

If you face a similar scenario in life, you may feel it vital to update your estate planning goals accordingly, but it can be challenging to know how best to approach this process. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to handle this process alone. Seeking advice in evaluating your situation could help you better prepare to make informed decisions about all your available options and prepare to make the appropriate updates to bring your estate plan in line with your new goals and wishes.


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