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Keeping your spouse in your will after divorce

With divorce, each couple’s case is unique. Sometimes, the experience can be very difficult for both parties and leave each spouse with a considerable amount of bitterness. However, the end of marriage is not always very difficult, and some couples are able to remain friends after they have separated. Often, people make changes to their estate plan once they split up with their partner, such as removing them from a will or making changes to who is listed as a beneficiary and what they will receive. However, some people decide to keep their spouse in their will following a divorce.

There are different reasons you may decide to keep your former spouse in your will. For example, you might trust them and believe that they will be able to take care of your assets best even though you are no longer married. You might have an ex-spouse listed as the custodian of young children or named a beneficiary. In fact, some people even grant their former spouse power of attorney, since they believe this person has the best ability to make key decisions regardless of whether or not they are married.

Even if you decide to keep your spouse in your estate plan or are unsure of whether or not this is a good idea, it is essential to review the potential ways that divorce could impact your estate and make the decision that is best for you and those you love.

Browse to our estate planning webpage if you wish to read more about estate-related legal matters.

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