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Dealing with estate planning issues during a divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2018 | Estate Planning |

Going through a divorce in the state of Ohio can be a complex process that requires many considerations. In particular, those ending a marriage should take some time to revisit their wills and other legal documents.

It’s particularly important for a divorcee to update their health care proxy and change their power of attorney. If these documents are not updated, the former spouse may still get to make decisions for the estate owner in the event of a medical emergency.

In addition, an update to a person’s will may be in order. By removing the former spouse as the executor of the estate, that person will no longer have direct access to anything that may be left behind in the event of the estate owner’s death. During the updating process, the estate owner may also wish to determine what they want to leave for a former spouse. It’s important to note that the former spouse has the right to contest if they are completely disinherited.

In the state of Ohio, a will can be updated and modified at any time. If any major life changes occur, such as a divorce or the birth of a child, making updates to an existing will may be a wise choice. An attorney could assist with any estate planning issues that may arise as a result of these life changes. Furthermore, the attorney can help a client understand the consequences or implications of making changes to these documents. Ultimately, legal counsel will serve the best interests of the estate owner.