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Making Changes To Your Estate Plan When You Divorce

Most married couples have a will or other important estate planning documents drafted jointly, during the marriage. These documents outline where the kids will live in the event of the passing of both parties, how the marital estate is divided at death, and any other issue the parties want to make provision for after they are gone. Executing a will, trust, or other estate planning documents ensures your final wishes are followed. However, there are instances where the documents need revision, and divorce is one of those reasons.

The New Jersey Probate Code governs how an estate is handled after death. However, it is also crucial that you have a plan in place not only for your death, but if you get a divorce. Without making the necessary changes to your estate plan, your ex-spouse might end up in control of what happens to your assets, your kids, or your estate if you die. The better approach is to include changes to joint decisions on these matters during your divorce.

For example, you might want to change the custodian of your children or increase the age at which they are entitled to receive money from your estate. Appointing a trustee to oversee the financial needs of your kids is always a good idea, and even more so if you are getting divorce. Having a well spelled out plan for your wishes is the only way to ensure your final wishes are honored.

Questions? Call a Hackensack Divorce Lawyer Today

Moskowitz Law Group, LLC has experience helping people with all aspects of divorce, including looking at issues such as your estate plan which is often overlooked. For more information on how to change your estate plan due to divorce, contact an experienced family law attorney for answers to your questions.