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Revising your estate plan due to divorce

There are many different reasons why people may decide to take a second look at their estate plans, from problems within their family to significant changes in their loved ones' lives. However, divorce is a common reason why revising a will or trust becomes necessary. Many people who end their marriage feel overwhelmed with the changes in life, but it is essential to cover every base and make sure that your estate plan is updated to reflect your wishes. After all, it is critical to make sure that your assets are distributed to your loved ones properly.

Undue influence and other reasons for estate disputes

When many people set up an estate plan, they are relieved to know that their loved ones will receive property according to their wishes. Not only can this make it easier for families to work through the loss of someone they love, but it can be beneficial from a financial point of view also. However, there are times when things go wrong, such as when a dispute arises over undue influence. These disagreements can be costly and may also cause a great deal of emotional stress within a family, which highlights how crucial it is to prevent them in the first place or handle them with care in the event a disagreement does arise.

Preventing a dispute over your estate

There are many different ways in which estate planning can be hard, and we have covered some of these issues on this blog (such as naming beneficiaries, for example). However, the prevention of disputes is another consideration that may be especially important for you to keep in mind whether you are setting up an estate plan for the first time or are taking a second look at your will or trust. Disputes over an estate can be contentious, especially when family members are involved. Unfortunately, these disagreements can make life even more challenging for those who already have emotional pain stemming from the loss of someone they love.

Wills, trusts, and naming beneficiaries

Setting up a will or a trust can be challenging for various reasons. Sometimes, people are unsure of which type of estate plan to move forward with, and there are certainly a number of options. It is crucial for you to know which plan is most suitable for you, but you may have uncertainty after identifying the most sensible estate plan. For example, you could have difficulty with naming beneficiaries, deciding how to divide your assets between beneficiaries, or the impact that these decisions will have on the family. However, carefully planning ahead and assessing all options may be very helpful.

Discussing your estate with beneficiaries

Setting up an estate plan can be hard for many reasons. For one, people may be unsure of which type of plan will best suit their unique needs. Some move forward with a will, while others have difficulty deciding which type of trust is appropriate. However, estate-related challenges may arise even when someone does not have any areas of uncertainty regarding their estate. For example, someone may be unsure of how their loved ones will react to their decisions with respect to passing down property. Depending on the details surrounding your situation, it could be a good idea to talk with beneficiaries about these matters.

What “power” does a power of attorney have?

When planning for your later years of life, it’s important to designate a power of attorney (POA). A POA is a person who acts on your behalf and makes decisions according to your wishes, in the event that illness or tragedy prevents you from being able to make those decisions on your own.


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